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Meet the New Borough Bar Presidents, Tom Hall of Richmond County, included.

posted May 22, 2013, 5:33 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated May 13, 2015, 12:26 PM by Lou Bara ]

 Richmond County Bar Association


Thomas Hall, 51

Thomas Hall, a partner at Hall & Hall, handles commercial, corporate and real estate transactions as well as loan modifications. He earned his J.D. from Vermont Law School and was admitted to the New York bar in 1988.

His goals for the 500-member bar group include working with the judiciary on Staten Island to ensure a smooth transition into the new courthouse, expected to open over the summer; enhance member benefits by partnering with businesses providing services useful to attorneys and clients; establish a program to help new attorneys meet their 50-hour pro bono requirement for bar admission; and continue helping Staten Island residents and business owners facing legal challenges related to Hurricane Sandy.

He will be installed on June 20.

Other officers are Christopher Fitzpatrick, president-elect; Daniel Marotta, vice president; Christopher Caputo, secretary; Allyn Crawford, treasurer.

Bronx County Bar Association


Steven Baker, 49

Steven Baker is a partner at Baker, McEvoy, Morrissey & Moskovits handling personal injury defense and municipal law. He earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1993.

His goals for the 1,000-member group are to help the judiciary clear a court calendar backlog to ensure equal access to justice for Bronx residents; expanding the bar group's CLE program, including lunch-hour offerings; increasing mentorship for young lawyers; and increasing the group's more casual social activities.

He takes office on July 1.

Other officers are Samuel Braverman, first vice president; Lester Rodriques, second vice president; William Peterman, secretary; Corey Sokoler, treasurer; Daniel Cassidy, financial secretary.


Brooklyn Bar Association

Andrew Fallek, 56,

Andrew Fallek is of counsel to Joseph Fallek, P.C., where he handles commercial litigation, complex personal injury and insurance matters. He graduated from Vanderbilt Law School and was admitted in 1982.

His goals for the 2,000-member bar group include expanding CLE programs, particularly those concerning the legal needs of Brooklyn's growing community of artist and entrepreneurs; along with developing trial court procedures to meet the needs of today's trial practitioners.

He will be installed on June 12.

Other officers are Rebecca Woodland, president-elect; Arthur Aidala, first vice president; Frank Seddio, second vice president; Aimee Richter, secretary; David Chidekel, treasurer.


Queens County Bar Association

Joseph DeFelice, 64

Joseph DeFelice is a solo practitioner working on criminal, immigration, appellate and family law cases. He was admitted to the bar in 1974 and graduated from St. John's University School of Law a year earlier.

His goals for the 2,000-member bar group are to reach out and build participation among younger lawyers, including law students at St. John's Law and City University of New York School of Law. He also wants to modernize the group's website and help provide resources for solo practitioners and small firms to keep their practices profitable.

He was installed on May 2 and takes office on June 1.

Other officers are Joseph Carola, III, president-elect; Paul Kerson, vice president; Gregory Brown, secretary; Jennifer Gilroy-Ruiz, treasurer.

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New York Law Journal

May 22, 2013

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