Jay Holtmeier to Chair City Bar Justice Center; New Officers Announced

Jay Holtmeier, a partner at WilmerHale, has been elected as Chair of the City Bar Fund, overseeing the City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association.

In addition, the following officers were elected for the 2011-12 term: Wanji J. Walcott, Managing Counsel, American Express Company, as Vice President; Michael J. Chepiga, Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, as Vice President; Barbara Berger Opotowsky, Executive Director, New York City Bar, as Vice President; Mary K. Warren, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, as Secretary; and Carol S. Rosenbaum, CFO, New York City Bar, as Assistant Treasurer. Samuel W. Seymour, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and President, New York City Bar, and Hon. Allan L. Gropper, United States Bankruptcy Judge, SDNY, who serves as City Bar Treasurer, serve ex-officio as President and Treasurer of the City Bar Fund, respectively. Four new members were elected to the board: Carmita Alonso, Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP; Lisa M. Brill, Partner, Shearman & Sterling; Heidi Levine, Partner, DLA Piper; and Hon. Edwina G. Richardson-Mendelson, Administrative Judge of the New York City Family Court.

Holtmeier joined WilmerHale in 2004 and is a member of the firm’s Litigation / Controversy Department, the Investigations and Criminal Litigation Practice Group and the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Working Group. Prior to joining WilmerHale, he was a senior vice president and principal legal counsel with the Reuters Group, where he was responsible for all litigation and compliance matters in North and South America. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, Holtmeier tried several cases to verdict and led extensive grand jury investigations of various crimes, including racketeering, securities fraud, murder, narcotics and counterfeiting.

Throughout his career, Holtmeier has participated in a variety of pro bono causes, including death penalty cases. Currently, he participates in his firm’s work for Wide Horizons for Children, the child welfare agency. As Chair of the Justice Center, Holtmeier succeeds Austin T. Fragomen, of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP.

“The Justice Center has such an impressive base of expertise, with attorneys on staff who are all leaders in their respective fields, and the support of thousands of volunteer attorneys across the city,” said Holtmeier. “It’s truly exciting to be working with them on the crucially important work that they do.”

“We look forward to benefitting from Jay’s remarkable leadership skills and commitment to our mission as we continue to expand pro bono opportunities for New Yorkers in need,” said Lynn Kelly, Executive Director of the Justice Center.