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Officers


KIM BERG

President
president@wwbany.com

Kim Berg is a partner with Gould & Berg, LLP in White Plains, New York where she focusesher 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”, she was selected to the New York “Super Lawyers” list every year since 2013 and she was the 2018 recipient of the Above the Bar Award for Leading Civil Rights Attorney.

She is an active, long-time member of WWBA and has served in many roles prior to becoming President including: as President Elect 2017-2018; Corresponding Secretary 2016-2017; Vice President 2015-2016; co-chair of the Membership Committee 2014-2016, co-chair of the Awards Committee 2015-2018, 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, a Blue Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu and pursues active training in other martial arts disciplines including Muay Thai.



ANGELA MORCONE GIANNINI

President-Elect
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).



HON. LISA M. SMITH

Vice President
lisa_m_smith@nysd.uscourts.gov

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, located in Albany.  She represented the State of New York on appeals in state and federal courts throughout New York, and she co-authored an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the National Association of State Attorneys General filed in the Supreme Court of the United States.  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, where she was a member of the Moot Court Board.  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 the Westchester Women's Bar Association, and currently serves as a Vice President and member of the Executive Committee.  She is active in the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, the Federal Bar Council, the Federal Bar Association, for which she has served as a Circuit Vice President, 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.  In January of 2018 Judge Smith was also honored to receive the Kay Crawford Murray Award from the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Women in the Law.

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 Federal Courts, and co-taught Civil Procedure with Professor Michael B. Mushlin.  Judge Smith frequently lectures at CLE and Bar Association programs, with a particular focus on e-discovery and evidence.  She is a regular participant in events which educate children about the courts, including Take Your Children To Work Day, an annual program of the Westchester Women's Bar Association, as well as visits to the Courthouse by school and scout groups.

Judge Smith published an article, co-authored with Professor Mushlin, entitled "The Professor and the Judge: Introducing First-Year Students to the Law in Context."  The article appears in the Journal of Legal Education, Volume 63, number 3 (February 2014).  Judge Smith also wrote an article entitled "Top Ten Things You Probably Never Knew About Magistrate Judges," published in The Federal Lawyer in May, 2014.  She has also contributed numerous articles to the Federal Bar Council Quarterly.



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 previously served two terms as Treasurer of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, is in her second term as Vice-President and has been the proud co-chair of the Programs Committee. She was the chair of the Annual Dinner Souvenir Journal for four consecutive years and she has loved every minute of being a part of this organization. In addition to her roles with the WWBA, she is also an Elected Member of the Executive Committee of the Westchester County Bar Association's Family Law Section. 

Amanda sings weekly with the Greenwich Choral Society, 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.     


KRISTEN MOTEL
Vice President
kmotel@cuddyfeder.com


Natanya
L. Briendel
Treasurer
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.


ELIZABETH MARCUS
Corresponding Secretary
elizabeth.z.marcus@gmail.com

Elizabeth is an Assistant District Attorney at the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.  She is assigned to the Local Criminal Courts Bureau which prosecutes cases in the city, town, and village criminal courts throughout the County.  Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (Go Blue!).  While at Michigan, Elizabeth was an Executive Editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law.  She also served as a Student-Attorney with Michigan’s Juvenile Justice Clinic and Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic.  Additionally, she interned for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. 

Prior to law school, Elizabeth earned a Master’s degree in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University.  Her research focused on the intersection of disability and aging with her final thesis titled, “The Human Rights-Based Approach to Disability: Opportunities for the World’s Aging Society.”  While pursuing her Master’s degree at Columbia, Elizabeth interned at the United Nations Headquarters for the UN’s focal point on disability rights.  Elizabeth is also a graduate of New York University, having earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in history and politics. 

This will be Elizabeth’s second year serving as Corresponding Secretary for the WWBA.  She also serves as Co-Chair of the New Lawyers Committee.  


SHERRY BISHKO
Recording Secretary
sherry@rosemarklaw.com


PO Box 926, Hartsdale, NY 10530
Phone: (914) 505-6045
executivedirector@wwbany.org

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