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CAREER CONVERSATIONS II (3/24/11) - PARTICIPANTS BIOS Fabiola H. Arellano 99 Bridge Financial Group Ms. Arellano joined Bridge Financial Group, an office of Metlife, after gaining experience auditing hedge funds at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Prior to that, Ms. Arellano practiced law and represented the City of New York. She attended schools in New York and earned a Bachelors Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a Masters Degree in Accounting at Baruch College and a Juris Doctor at Brooklyn Law School. She currently holds the FINRA Series 6 and 63 registrations and is a member of New York Road Runners, Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association, Baruch College Alumni Association, and currently served on the Board of Directors of Children of the City. Ms. Arellano was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2000 and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts in She also served in the U.S. Army and the New York National Guard Reserves. In my spare time she enjoys running marathons. Jarett Fein, Esq. 99 Co-Chief Executive Officer, Kensington Vanguard National Land Services, LLC In October 2008, Fein co-founded Kensington Vanguard National Land Services, LLC after merging Vanguard Title Agency, Inc. with Kensington National Land Services, LLC. Prior to the merger, Fein founded and served as the President of Vanguard Title Agency, Inc. since its formation in Vanguard specialized in both New York and national commercial and high-end residential transactions and underwrote several billion dollars worth of insured transactions annually, written on the largest and most respected title insurance companies in the country. The firm was involved in such high liability transactions as the acquisitions of 5 Times Square and 650 Madison Avenue among many others. Prior to entering the title insurance industry, Fein served as the Director of Business Development with the New York based telecom/data startup Trucom. While at Trucom, he assisted in growing the startup into a 90 person organization that was ultimately acquired by a competitor in the industry. Subsequently, Fein worked for the Manhattan law firm of Rubin & Weissman, LLP where he handled a variety of legal matters for its clients. Fein received a B.S. from Boston University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, The Journal of Law and Policy and was an Academic Achievement Award Scholar. Fein has been a member of the New York State Bar since Eric Friedberg 83 Co-President, Stroz Friedberg Eric Friedberg is Co-President of Stroz Friedberg, a national consulting and technical services firm specializing in digital forensics, cyber-crime response, electronic discovery, and investigations. Mr. Friedberg is a national thought-leader in the area of electronic discovery consulting and processing. He is a member of the Sedona Conference s working group on electronic discovery issues, and has been appointed by a number of courts as a neutral, third party consultant or Special Master in contested electronic discovery and forensics matters. He is also a national leader in the area of cyber-crime response, having led investigations and response teams in the areas of data breach, industrial espionage, state-sponsored computer intrusions, thefts of intellectual property, cyber-extortion, and Internet-based harassment. Mr. Friedberg is widely published in the areas of electronic discovery and digital forensics technology, strategy, and law. Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Mr. Friedberg was an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney s Office in Brooklyn for 11 years, where he was the lead cyber-crime prosecutor and the Chief of the Narcotics Unit. Before that, Mr. Friedberg was a litigation associate at the New York office of Skadden, Arps. Charles-Eric Gordon, Esq. 80 Investigative Counsel Charles-Eric Gordon, 80', serves the legal profession and the business community as investigative counsel , concentrating in locating missing heirs, beneficiaries, shareholders, witnesses, defendants and other absentees, especially those missing for an extended period of time and/or about whom little information is known. He currently serves as the First Vice President of the Society of Professional Investigators and is a member of the World Association of Detectives, the National Law Enforcement Associates and other investigative organizations. He is also a member of the Brooklyn Bar Association where he teaches continuing legal education courses on Tracing Missing Persons for Attorneys as part of the Association's Volunteer Lawyers Project. Charles-Eric has been interviewed by and quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Law Journal, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, New Yorker Magazine, the American Bar Association Journal and other publications. Robert Gottheim 96 District Director, United States Congressman Jerrold Nadler A born and bred New Yorker, Robert Gottheim has served, over the past 12 years, in various positions for US Congressman Jerrold Nadler. Currently, he is the District Director for the Congressman and has been instrumental in enhancing the quality of life for residents of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Through his work for the Congressman, Mr. Gottheim has played a key role in advocating for senior and community centers, hospitals, schools, local parks, playgrounds and green spaces throughout the 8th Congressional District. Additionally, working with Congressman Nadler, the senior northeast Democrat on the Transportation Committee of the House of Representatives, Mr. Gottheim, has become an expert on transportation issues, and in particular freight transportation and the movement of goods. Mr. Gottheim received a BA from Binghamton University and JD from Brooklyn Law School. He lives on the Upper West Side with his wife and 8-year old son. Jane Hoffman 84 President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mayor s Alliance for NYC s Animals Jane Hoffman has been the President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals since its inception in Prior to helping create the Alliance, Jane was in solo/private practice, specializing in executive compensation and estate planning. Before she started her own law practice, she was a Vice President and Senior Consultant at Handy Associates, a management-consulting firm and an associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where she specialized in taxation and executive compensation. Jane is a Founding Member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals and is a member of the Board of Directors of Farm Sanctuary. In August of 2007 Jane received the First Annual Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award from the American Bar Association TIPS section at the Annual Conference in San Francisco. Jane has a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, an M.L.S. from Long Island University and a B.A. from Boston College. Linda Irenegreene '78 Retired--Baking Bread for the Community Former Consultant/Software Support Ms. Irenegreene worked as an attorney in a solo practice from 1979 through 1985 handling mostly matrimonial and real estate matters with a great deal of pro bono work for Midwives in the United States and Canada. She then spent three years as a consultant to practitioners who wanted to incorporate computers into their practice. From 1988 through 1995, Ms. Irenegreene was the in-house attorney to the DWI project in the New York City Dept. of Transportation training judges, prosecutors and police in the handling of DWI cases under New York's statutes. While at DOT/DWI I began to train and oversee their incorporation of computers into their daily operations including word processing and use of elementary databases. When she left DOT, she became an independent computer consultant to individuals and small businesses. From 1998 through July 2009, Ms. Irenegreene was a software support engineer for a document management product for lawyers. Mary Cheasty Kornman, Esq. 77 Chief of the Bureau of Strategic Planning and Crime Control Office, Westchester County DA s Office Mary Cheasty Kornman also served as Law Clerk, Judge Ruggero Aldisert, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals Bureau of the New York County District Attorney's Office; served as General Counsel to Governor's Commission on Domestic Violence Fatalities; Most recently, Joined the Westchester County District Attorney's Office in From , was Associate Dean at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N. In that position, she headed the Office of Career Services and ran Semester in NYC program and Summer School; she taught and advised one section of First Year Preceptorial and advised prospective applicants to law school. Michael Monahan 92 Executive Director, Grant Thornton Michael Monahan is an Executive Director at Grant Thornton and serves as the Practice Leader for both the Metro- NY/Northeast Region as well as the National Not-for-Profit Compensation and Benefits Practices. Mike recently joined Grant Thornton from Towers Watson where he served as the Not-for-Profit, Higher Education and Health Care Industry Executive Compensation Practice Leader and where he provided his expert guidance and trusted business adviser experience to organizations from across the United States in various industries and sizes. Mike's experience in providing expert guidance and advice to Health Care organizations and their related entities includes advising members of the Board of Directors and executive leadership in regard to Executive Compensation and Benefits issues, designing Deferred Compensation arrangements consistent with IRS guidelines for reasonable compensation and designing and implementing executive incentive compensation programs. Mike is as an Adjunct Professor at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY, where he teaches Business Law. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Binghamton University and his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School. Michael is a member of the New York State Bar Association and has published articles in various law journals/periodicals and continues to lecture on topics for conferences and education programs on law and human resources issues. Caitlin Monck-Marcellino 02 Director of Alumni Relations, Brooklyn Law School Caitlin Monck-Marcellino oversees a variety of events and programs designed to foster continued engagement with the Law School community. She has held this position since May She was previously an associate in the New York office of Goodwin Procter LLP in the firm s Corporate and Labor and Employment Practice Groups. While a student, she was a member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. Timothy Oberweger, Esq. 05 Director of Business Development & Counsel, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company Since joining Fidelity in 2009, Tim has closed many large commercial and residential transactions. Tim focuses on real estate clients in New York and the surrounding areas, but has worked with clients on transactions in Ohio, Florida, Maryland & Virginia as well as New York, New Jersey & Connecticut. He is an active member of the National Realty Club and a Director of the Alumni Board of Brooklyn Law School. Tim is licensed to practice law in New York and Connecticut and is a member of New York State Bar Association and The New York City Bar Association. Tim has worked in the title insurance industry for six years. In 2005 he joined First American Title Insurance Company and worked as counsel covering commercial and residential closings. In March of 2008, he was promoted to in-house counsel focused on litigation claims, where he worked on large scale litigation matters. He participated in court proceedings in state and federal court and directed outside litigation counsel at large and midsized law firms. A native New Yorker, Tim grew up in Manhattan and was graduated from Horace Mann School in He received his B.A. from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN in 1996 with a Political Science major and Communications and Religious Studies minors. He received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2005 where he was a Lisle Scholar and received the CALI award in Environmental Law Seminar. Tim is an avid runner and basketball player. He is married to his wife Willow and they reside in Riverside, CT with their two girls, Naomi 5, and Charlotte 4. Josh Peirez, Esq. 96 President, Innovation & Chief Marketing Officer, Dun &Bradstreet (D&B) Mr. Peirez joined D&B in September, 2010 as the President, Innovation & Chief Marketing Officer. He is also a member of D&B s Global Leadership Team. Mr. Peirez is responsible for driving future innovation for D&B by leveraging newly-created product platforms and the recently formed Innovation Labs. He also oversees D&B's marketing function, global data strategy, the overall customer experience, and the sales and marketing product portfolio. Prior to joining D&B, Josh Peirez spent 10 years with MasterCard, most recently in the role of Chief Innovation Officer for MasterCard Worldwide. In that role, he led the development and commercialization of a number of payment platforms. Before that, Mr. Peirez was the Chief Payment System Integrity Officer for MasterCard, overseeing compliance, fraud prevention and the security of MasterCard's payment systems. A trained lawyer, he also previously served as Group Executive, Global Public Policy and Associate General Counsel. Before joining MasterCard in 2000, Mr. Peirez was an associate at Clifford Chance Rogers and Wells focusing on antitrust litigation. Mr. Peirez received his Bachelor of Science degree in Policy Analysis, Economic and Government Studies from Cornell University. He also earned a JD from Brooklyn Law School, where he received the Corpus Juris Secundum Award in Criminal Law and Comparative Constitutional Law. Mr. Peirez has served on the Federal Reserve Board's Consumer Advisory Council and the Board of Directors for the Westchester County Association. In 2009, he was among the Top 10 Innovators of 2009 ranked by Bank Technology News. Matthew Pek, Esq. 07 CEO, General Counsel and Brand Ambassador, Organicoa, LLC Matthew Pek graduated from BLS in 2007; upon graduation from BLS, he accepted a position as a litigation associate at the law firm of Guzov Ofsink, LLC, representing the first direct-hire out of school in the firm's history, where his excellent litigation record led to his nomination for the Young Outstanding Lawyer of the Year Award in Following two successful years at Guzov Ofsink, however, frustrated with the growing volume of recession-driven litigation, and compelled by an intrinsic desire to devote his time to more altruistic endeavors, and in spite of the increasingly unstable job market and continuing economic downturn, Pek took a giant leap of faith in November 2009, left his Madison Avenue law firm and plunged into the highly competitive NYC food industry - unchartered territory in which he had no experience - and founded his own organic hot cocoa and fair trade foods company, Organicoa, LLC, where he continues to serve as CEO, General Counsel and Brand Ambassador. With virtually no start-up capital or formal business model in place, partnering up with his lifelong friend and real estate developer, Brett Nidel, Pek launched the company and entered the organic foods industry by winning a highly coveted Temporary Use Permit from the NYC Parks Dept., permitting Organicoa a mere 29 days to operate a cocoa stand atop the recently refurbished and highly popular High Line. Parlaying his trademark and branding experience, and centering the entire company's around a single yet powerful notion - sustainability first , determined to lead by example, Pek developed a sustainable business model that placed environmental stewardship before profits at every turn, aspiring to demonstrate that commerce and ecological conservation are by no means mutually exclusive in a capitalist society. Unwavering in its commitment to sustainable business practices, Organicoa's rapid growth, expansion and rising popularity drew immediate press attention and accolades, including an award for Top 10 Best New Brands for Culinary Genius in 2009, a 5-year lease for a waterfront cafe on Pier 45 in the Hudson River Park, and a permanent home in Chelsea, where Organicoa's newest location is set to open this summer. Nevertheless, a self-described born litigator , Pek continues an active law practice as a solo practitioner, having founded his own law firm (The Law Offices of Matthew A. Pek, Esq.) in Despite the great diversity of cases Pek has handled in his first year as a solo practitioner, ranging from criminal defense to complex commercial litigation, matrimonial litigation and appellate advocacy, Pek appears to have succeeded in striking a fine balance in his many endeavors, having quickly developed a record of 9 wins with no losses in 2010 alone. Kyle Robinson, Esq. Program Attorney, Kyle Robinson is excited to come to work every day as a Program Attorney for At this innovative continuing education company, he develops new CLE course topics, recruits attorneys, and plans live CLE and networking events. Kyle received his B.A. in Political Science from Kent State University in Ohio and his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan. His first position after law school was at the New York law firm of Slade & Newman, LLP, where he was exposed to many different legal practices from Matrimonial Law to Estates and Trusts. Following that experience, he chose to work in alternative legal careers, specifically as an Account Representative for LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell where he assisted attorneys with websites and advertising, and as an Account Manager at Ikon-Legal Document Solutions where he provided legal document services to attorneys. In addition, Kyle has used his legal degree to give back to his community through working as a pro bono attorney on the Elderlaw Project at the New York City Bar Justice Center. He is a member of the New York County Lawyers Association, New York State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Joyce Rosenberg 84 Private Practice as a Pychoanalyst Joyce Rosenberg graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1984, having taken classes while working at The Associated Press. She knew half-way through her studies that she did not plan to practice. Courses including Corporations and Securities Regulation helped her to decide to pursue financial journalism, and she has been a writer and editor in the AP's Business News department since In 1995 she began training as a psychoanalyst at the National Psychological Association for Psychonalysis, which she graduated from in She has been in private practice since Ethan Ross 07 VP of Digital Sales, XOS Digital Sports Ethan has spent nearly 15 years in digital sales and strategic marketing for entertainment companies. He began this career at UGO (now owned by Hearst) and then Musicvision and Track entertainment. Along the way he has managed a roster of digital rights for a virtual who s who of the music business including Alanis Morrisette, Mariah Carey, N*SYNC and OutKast. He has negotiated and executed sponsorships with Fortune 500 clients including, Coke, Nike, Viacom and the Creative Artists Agency (CAA). In 2008, Ethan became the VP of Mobile Advertising Sales at Millennial Media which is the largest mobile (publisher) advertising network in the US. In this role, he worked with the major advertising companies and brands alike to create integrated mobile programs with year over year growth of 100%. This year Ethan was recruited by the CEO of XOS Digital Sports to become their VP of Digital Sales. He is working with hundreds of collegiate sports teams to create and execute multiple platform media approaches to securing Fortune 500 sponsorships. Ethan graduated from Broo
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