Welcome New Fellows

Seventeen attorneys have been elected as fellows of the New York Bar Foundation. The Fellows are distinguished members of the bench and bar recognized for outstanding professional achievement, dedication to the legal profession, and commitment to the rule of law.

James R. Barnes, chair of the Fellows program, calls Fellows role models in the legal community. “They are instrumental to the success of the Bar Foundation and are committed to making a difference in their communities.”

Fellows are nominated by colleagues, Bar Foundation board members, or the chairs of their judicial districts and elected by the foundation’s Board of Directors. Each one commits to a financial pledge to the foundation grant program. Election to the Fellows of The New York Bar Foundation is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the New York State Bar Association. The foundation has welcomed esteemed attorneys as Fellows since the program’s inception in 1974.

The new fellows are:

Stephen Brodsky, Mazzola Lindstrom, New York City (Judicial District 1)

John Calareso, Jr., Gleason Dunn Walsh & O’Shea, Albany (Judicial District 3)

Michael Cardello, Moritt Hock & Hamroff, Garden City (Judicial District 10)

Nicole Clouthier, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, Albany (Judicial District 3)

Mitchell Cohen, Johnson & Cohen, Pearl River (Judicial District 9)

Cressida Dixon, Bond Schoeneck & King, Rochester (Judicial District 7)

Feyi Gaji, Law Offices of Feyi Gaji, Binghamton (Judicial District 6)

Loretta Gastwirth, Meltzer, Lippe Goldstein & Breitstone, Mineola (Judicial District 10)

Angelo Grasso, Greenfield Stein & Senior, New York City (Judicial District 1)

Maria Hanford, Hanford Law Group, Forest Hills (Judicial District 11)

Rosemary Harnisher, Farrel Fritz, Uniondale (Judicial District 10)

Alan Knauf, Knauf Shaw, Rochester (Judicial District 7)

Justice Andrea Masley, New York Supreme Court, New York City (Judicial District 1)

Christina Watson Meier, Meier Law Firm, Latham (Judicial District 3)

Peter Pizzi, Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga, Newark, NJ (Judicial District 99)

Mindy Stern, Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas, New York City (Judicial District 1)

James Yellen, Yellen Arbitration and Mediation Services, New York City (Judicial District 1)