A Chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY)



Officers


LISA DENIG

President
president@wwbany.com

Lisa Denig is the Bureau Chief of Special Litigation in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.  In this role, Ms. Denig is primarily responsible for overseeing the entire Special Litigation caseload and the Assistant District Attorneys assigned to this Bureau.  She also responds to defendants’ federal and state habeas corpus petitions, CPL 440 motions to vacate, and other post-conviction motions.  Ms. Denig specializes in proceedings in the federal courts and has argued numerous times in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  She focuses much of her work on the new and evolving area of “actual innocence” claims asserted by prisoners.

Prior to this position, Ms. Denig served as the Acting Executive Assistant District Attorney where she handled personnel and budgetary issues, oversaw and administered grants, managed certain public relations aspects of the office, and generally served as an advisor to Acting District Attorney James A. McCarty.  Before being elevated to this position, Ms. Denig was an Assistant District Attorney in the Special Litigation Bureau for four years.   

Ms. Denig graduated from Westchester Community College in 2000 and went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in 2002, with a degree in Political Science.  She attended Pace Law School’s evening program – while working full time and raising two teenage daughters as a single parent -- where she was a member of the Law Review, a law school ambassador, and a research assistant.  Ms. Denig earned many awards during her law school career, including the title of Best Oralist at the 2007 Grand Moot Court Competition.  She earned her J.D. magna cum laude in 2009.   

Her previous work includes serving as a law clerk to Federal Judge Lisa M. Smith, teaching in the Criminal Justice Department of Monroe College as an adjunct professor, serving as Chief of Staff to the Putnam County Executive, and as the Director of Communications for a state senator.

Ms. Denig recently finished her two-year term as President of Habitat for Humanity of Putnam County, coordinates and teaches in the children’s program at First Baptist Church in Brewster, volunteers with the Putnam Community Action Program, occasionally performs with the Brewster Theater Company, and teaches, on average, six spinning classes a week at local area gyms.  

Lisa is the proud parent of two grown daughters and four poorly trained but lovable dogs.  


KIM BERG

President-Elect
kberg@gouldberglaw.com

Kim Berg is a partner with Gould & Berg, LLP in White Plains, New York where she focuses her practice in the areas of employment law and discrimination, employment separation agreements, business disputes, civil rights cases, commercial litigation, wills, trusts and estates. She routinely represents employers and employees in the state and federal trial and appellate courts and before administrative agencies such as the New York State Division of Human Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Westchester County Human Rights Commission. Her success at trial in a complex prisoner death case won her accolades for the highest verdict in a civil rights case as reported by Verdict Searches’ “Top NY Verdicts for 2009” and she was selected to the New York “Super Lawyers”  list every year since 2013.

She is an active, long-time member of WWBA and has served in many roles including as Corresponding Secretary 2016-2017, Vice President 2015-2016, co-chair of the Membership Committee 2014-present, co-chair of the Awards Committee 2015-present, co-chair of the Employment Law Committee 2009-present, Local Director 2013-2014, and member of the Litigation Committee 2009-present.  She takes great pride in her work with the WWBA Foundation, the charitable arm of the WWBA, where she served as: President from 2011-2015 and started the annual “Mocktail”; Secretary 2010-2011; and Director 2009-2017.  

In addition to her roles with the WWBA and the Foundation, Kim was WBASNY’s Employment and Labor Law Committee Chair from 2014-2015, is a member of the Rockland County Chapter of WBASNY, a member of the Gender Fairness Committee for the Ninth Judicial District since 2010, and a member of the New York State Bar Association since 1995. Throughout her legal career, Kim has developed and participated in numerous continuing legal education seminars for the WWBA, Pace University, the Pace New Directions Program, and other CLE providers in the areas of employment law and discrimination, federal and state court procedural rules, and the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.  For over ten years, she has also provided management, employee and student training in the areas of harassment, discrimination and bullying prevention.

Kim earned her J.D., cum laude, from Pace University School of Law in 1995 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Pace University in 1992 with a minor in Secondary Education. She is the proud mother of two amazing teenagers, routinely volunteers locally for the school events and little league, holds a Second Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate and pursues active training in other martial arts disciplines including Mauy Thai (kickboxing) and Gracie Jiu Jitsu. 


Jennifer L. Gray

Vice President
jgray@kblaw.com


Jennifer L. Gray is a partner at Keane & Beane, P.C. where her practice is devoted to the areas of planning and zoning, and litigation pertaining to land use, municipal and real estate matters.  Ms. Gray presents applications to municipal boards on behalf of private sector clients, and also serves as counsel to local planning and zoning boards.  Her litigation experience includes matters related to compliance with the New  York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), challenges to local planning and zoning board decisions, disputes concerning real property, as well as both prosecution and defense of zoning and building code violations.  Ms. Gray is a lecturer on issues related to land development and zoning for the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation, New York State Planning Federation and local bar associations.

            Ms. Gray joined the Westchester Women’s Bar Association as a law student in 2005 and has served two terms as Corresponding Secretary.  She also co-chairs the Networking and Public Relations Committees.  Ms. Gray received her juris doctor, cum laude, from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in 2006, with a Certificate in Environmental Law, and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in 2002.  She is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut and the Southern District of New York.  In addition to the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, she is also a member of the New York State Bar Association, Westchester County Bar Association and an elected member of the Alumni Board of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University where she recently concluded two terms on its Executive Committee as Secretary.



HON. LISA M. SMITH

Vice President
masmith@courts.state.ny.us

The Honorable Lisa Margaret Smith is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York.  She sits in the Charles L. Brieant Federal Building and United States Courthouse in White Plains.  She was originally appointed in 1995 and she is currently serving her third term as a Magistrate Judge.  From 2006 to 2008 she served as Chief Magistrate Judge for the Southern District.  The Honorable Lisa Margaret Smith is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York.  She sits in the Charles L. Brieant Federal Building and United States Courthouse in White Plains.  She was originally appointed in 1995 and she is currently serving her third term as a Magistrate Judge. From 2006 to 2008 she served as Chief Magistrate Judge for the Southern District.  From 2013 to 2015 she served on the Committee on the Budget, a committee of the Judicial Conference of the 

Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Smith was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (1987-1995).  Before becoming an AUSA she served as a Kings County (NY) Assistant District Attorney from 1980 until 1985, rising to Supervising Senior ADA in the Appeals Bureau, following service in several other bureaus.  From 1985 until 1986 Judge Smith was an Assistant Attorney General in the Appeals and Opinions Division of the New York State Department of Law, situated in Albany.  She represented the State of New York on appeals in state and federal courts throughout New York.  In 1986 Judge Smith re-joined the Kings County District Attorney’s Office as a Supervising Senior ADA.  She remained there until 1987, when she became an AUSA for the Southern District of New York.

Judge Smith earned her BA degree, with honors in political science, from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana in 1977, and her JD degree from Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina in 1980.  She is a member of the Boards of Editors of the Federal Courts Law Review, an on-line and print journal of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, and of the Federal Bar Council Quarterly.  Judge Smith has served in various positions on the Board of WWBA.  Judge Smith is currently serving as a Second Circuit Vice President for the Federal Bar Association.  She is active in the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, the Federal Bar Council, and JALBCA.  In 2014 Judge Smith was honored to receive the Judith S. Kaye Access to Justice Award from the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York. 

Judge Smith has been an Adjunct Professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of law at Pace University (formerly Pace Law School) since 2006, where she has taught Evidence, and where she has co-taught Civil Procedure; this past spring she taught Federal Courts.  She lectures frequently on Evidence and E-discovery, among other topics.



AMANDA C. FRIED

Vice President
afried@cartonrosoff.com


Amanda C. Fried is an attorney at Carton & Rosoff PC in White Plains, NY, a law firm focusing on matrimonial law, family law, adoption, and guardianship.   Prior to joining Carton & Rosoff PC, she was an associate at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, where her practice focused primarily on representing large financial institutions in multi-billion dollar debt offerings and exchange offerings.  She earned her degree in 2005 from Fordham University School of Law and was the Editor of the Fordham International Law Journal.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in 2000.  

Amanda just completed her second term as Treasurer of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, and was the proud co-chair of the Programs Committee. Since joining the WWBA, she has been the chair of the Annual Dinner Souvenir Journal for four consecutive years and has loved every minute of being a part of this organization. 

Amanda sings weekly with The Stamford Chorale, and spends any free time she has training dogs.  She is the proud parent of a Havanese, Zoe, who will gladly show off her many tricks in exchange for cheerios.     


ANGELA MORCONE-GIANNINI

Treasurer
agiannini@fgnylaw.com

Angela Morcone Giannini is a founding partner of her new firm Fontana Giannini LLP in White Plains, New York.  Angela began her law career at the prestigious firm of Clark, Gagliardi & Miller, P.C. where she was a partner for many years.  Angela has practiced for over 28 years representing plaintiffs in the areas of personal injury including automobile, premise, construction, and medical malpractice cases.  She is a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and has the honor of being selected a New York Super Lawyer and is rated an AV Preeminent with Martindale-Hubbell. 

Ms. Giannini served as Recording Secretary on the Westchester Women’s Bar Association Board of Directors, is a co-chair of the WWBA Litigation Committee, authors the Litigation Tip for the Westchester Women’s Bar Association monthly newsletter.  She also chairs the Legislation Committee.  She also is a Westchester representative on WBASNY’s Legislation Committee.  She has served as State Director for the WWBA and as a member of the Judicial Screening Committee.   She is a member of the Westchester County Bar Association where she serves on the Judicial Screening Committee and is a Past Board Member, Liaison with Pace Law School and Member of the Medico-Legal Committee.  She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and has served on the Balanced Lives Committee.  She presently serves as a 9th Judicial Representative and Judiciary Committee Member for the New York State Trial Lawyers.  She is the New York State co-chair for the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and Member of the Budget & Finance Committee.  She is also a member of the American Bar Association. 

She has lectured on various litigation topics and presented at numerous continuing legal education seminars for the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, Academy of Trial Lawyers, CLE Center/Law.com, Pace Law School, Westchester County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and PLI.   Ms. Giannini has also been a Judge for Pace Law School's Advocacy Program, National Trial Competition and Moot Court competition.  She has enjoyed being a mentor over the years for many law student interns. 

Angela received her JD from Pace Law School in 1988 cum laude and graduated with a BS from Fordham University summa cum laude in 1985 and was selected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She is admitted to the New York and Connecticut Bars. 

She has been married to her husband Robert for 28 years and is the very proud mother of two sons Michael (Pace Law School ’17) and Thomas (Manhattan College).   




ELIZABETH MARCUS

Corresponding Secretary
elizabeth.z.marcus@gmail.com

Elizabeth is an Assistant District Attorney at the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (Go Blue!).  At Michigan Law, Elizabeth was an Executive Editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law.  She also interned for the Hon. Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Prior to pursuing a career in law, Elizabeth earned a Master’s degree in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University.  While at Columbia, Elizabeth interned at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the UN’s focal point on disability rights.  Elizabeth also is a graduate of New York University, having earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in history and politics. 

Born and raised in Westchester, Elizabeth looks forward to serving Westchester’s community as part of the WWBA’s Executive Committee.  Elizabeth is also Co-Chair of the WWBA’s New Lawyers Committee.



NATANYA BRIENDEL

Recording Secretary
nbriendel@law.pace.edu

Natanya Briendel has worked at the Pace Women’s Justice Center since 2005. As Director of the Westchester Division, she oversees PWJC’s Free Legal Helpline, the Moderate Means Program, and the Uncontested Divorce Project. Ms. Briendel is also an Adjunct Professor at Mercy College where she teaches Constitutional Law/Criminal Justice.

Prior to joining PWJC, Ms. Briendel had been a prosecutor with the New York City Human Rights Administration and New York City Law Department and had started the Pro Bono Domestic Violence initiative at the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project. Ms. Briendel is a graduate of Brandeis University and received her law degree from Suffolk University School of Law.

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