Spotlight on Careers

Read profiles of attorneys who have made interesting transitions in the work force.

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Working Professional by Day, Law Student at Night

Tiffany Dunn

Working full-time and attending school at night can be very difficult, but JD candidate Tiffany Dunn makes it look easy, finding time to be active at her law school and at the City Bar. After being admitted to New York Law School, Tiffany continued to work full time and is currently employed by KGS-Alpha Capital Markets LP, a fixed-income brokerage dealer, while attending evening classes at NYLS. Even with these challenging dual commitments, Tiffany has found time to contribute to the City Bar as a member of the Career & Advancement Management Committee. Read profile

 

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Trusts and Estates Litigation

Eric Penzer

Eric W. Penzer, a Partner at Farrell Fritz, P.C., concentrating in trust and estate litigation discusses his practice which includes probate contests, accounting proceedings, discovery and turnover proceedings, and other litigation related to estates and trusts. He is a frequent author and lecturer on topics related to his practice area, and sits on the New York City Bar Trusts, Estates, and Surrogate’s Court Committee.

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Pro Bono Counsel

Miriam Buhl

Miriam Buhl is Pro Bono Counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP and has coordinated the firm’s award-winning worldwide pro bono program since 2005. In 2011, Weil’s 1,200 attorneys performed nearly 80,000 hours of pro bono work on a wide range of issues including human rights, economic development, corporate governance, political asylum and environmental protection.

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International Commercial Arbitration Practice

Lucy Reed

Lucy Reed is a partner and co-head of the global international arbitration group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP focusing on international commercial arbitration.  Ms. Reed’s responsibilities include representing companies and governmental entities who have agreed to have their disputes resolved through binding arbitration rather than one of the party’s national courts.

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Being an Animal Conflicts Mediator

Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton

Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton is the principal at Hamilton Law and Mediation whose focus is applying mediation and collaborative practice to conflicts involving animals.

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Advertizing, Marketing and Public Relations

Michael Schiffer

Michael Schiffer is an associate in the Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations Group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, focusing on intellectual property and advertising matters. Mr. Schiffer’s wide-ranging practice encompasses trademark and copyright law, IP and music licensing, agency and talent agreements, branded entertainment arrangements, sweepstakes and contests, network clearance and copy review.

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Bruce Tulgan, founder of RainmakerThinking, Inc.®

Understanding generational differences

Bruce Tulgan, founder of RainmakerThinking, Inc.®, shares how he made the transition from being a corporate lawyer to becoming an internationally recognized expert on young people in the workplace.

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Jason Trujillo, Assistant Dean

Law school the second time around

Jason Trujillo has spent most of his professional life at the University of Virginia–and he could not be any happier. Here, he talks about his career trajectory and the transferable legal skills he uses as Assistant Dean of UVA’s School of Law.

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Lynnore Thames, Rights and Clearance Manager at ABC News

Finding a place in entertainment law

Most people would do anything to get a job in the fast-paced and exciting world of entertainment. However, very few of us know how to pursue these jobs or even what these jobs involve. Lynnore Thames, the Rights and Clearance Manager for ABC News, is one of the fortunate who managed to navigate her way into the communications field as an attorney

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J. Machelle Sweeting, Law Clerk Kings County

From New York City to the Bahamas

If variety is the spice of life, then J. Machelle Sweeting should be bottled and placed in every attorney’s kitchen. Since graduating from law school, she has held careers in the New York City Law Department, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and she now serves as the Law Clerk to a Supreme Court Justice in Kings County, Criminal Term. Here, she shares how her commitment to public service made it possible for a law clerk in New York City to work on the Anna Nicole Smith case in the Bahamas.

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Ron Shapiro, Negotiation Guru

From litigator to negotiator

From civil right lawyer to a negotiator sought after by Major League Baseball players and famous television personalities, Ron Shapiro has conducted trainings and seminars that have helped half a million people become better negotiators

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Carol Frohlinger, Speaker and Author

Finding your place at the table

Carol Frohlinger works with organizations who understand that promoting and retaining talented women is a “win-win-win” - good for women, good for men and good for the bottom line. A nationally recognized speaker, Carol provides practical skills training women can use immediately to be more successful at work.

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Mickey Carter, Fox News

Breaking into the entertainment industry

Mickey Carter, Vice President of National Accounts in the Affiliate Sales & Marketing department at Fox News shares his strategies for breaking into the entertainment industry as an attorney.

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Gene Rachmansky, Entrepreneur

Starting Your Own Business

Gene Rachmansky is a successful lawyer turned entrepreneur, turned money manager. He practiced tax for almost two years at Weil Gotshal & Manges.

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Unusual and Highly Specialized Practice Areas

Usually by coincidence, rarely by design, attorneys often find surprising opportunities to work in unusual or highly specialized practice areas that consistently present new and interesting challenges.

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Rosena Sammi, Entrepreneur

Rosena Sammi is a jewelry designer. She practiced in her native New Zealand and New York before leaving the law to tern her passion into a business.

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Lev Ekster, Entrepreneur

Lev Ekster runs the Cupcake Stop truck. After graduating law school when jobs were scarce he turned a back up plan into a popular and successful business.

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Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring

Andrew DeNatale

Andrew DeNatale, Partner and Head of the Special Situations Lending Group at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP shares what it is like to be a financial restructuring attorney.

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Representing Nonprofit Organizations

Pamela Mann

Pamela Mann, Partner and Chair of the Tax-Exempt Organizations Group of Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP discusses what it is like to be an attorney representing nonprofit organizations.

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Diversity

Jessica Carter

Jessica Carter believes in having options. All of her experiences as a lawyer created pathways for her to carve her niche as a diversity strategist who works with women of color, helping them to reach the executive suite in corporations and law firms.

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Intellectual Property Law

Laural S. Boone

Laural S. Boone, who has a PhD in organic chemistry, is a rare specimen in a New York international law firm. Dr. Boone is an associate in White & Case’s New York office and currently practices intellectual property litigation. Her practice focuses primarily on patent litigation, and includes related transactional work in due diligence and research collaboration agreements.

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