Wednesday, January 27, 2021

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Young Lawyers Section Program

Three panel discussions presented through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic will explore antitrust and pharmaceutical industry issues; starting your own law firm; and health care proxies and estate planning.




Michael DiFalco
Aiello & DiFalco, LLP.

Program Co-Chairs

Kathleen Y. Kim
Winston & Strawn, LLP.
Jamie A. Rosen
Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP.


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3.0 MCLE Credits (2.0 Areas of Professional Practice, 1.0 Law Practice Management) || This program is transitional and is suitable for all attorneys including those newly admitted

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

1:00 PM – 1:10 PM

Welcome and Introduction

Section Chair: Michael DiFalco, Esq.| Aiello & DiFalco, LLP., Garden City, NY


1:10 PM – 2:20 PM

Estate Planning for the Young Professional

Every young professional, shortly after landing his or her first job, and especially if starting a family, must engage in estate planning. The decision to execute estate planning documents can be stressful and overwhelming but doing so is essential for the personal and financial well-being of a young professional. The goal of this program is to educate young lawyers on various planning documents, the benefits of having these safeguards in place, and the potential consequences of being without them under New York law. We will cover the following estate planning tools: Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, Living Will, Last Will and Testament, and Beneficiary Designations.

Speakers: Jamie A. Rosen, Esq. | Abrams Fensterman, LLP, Lake Success, NY; Kristen M. Walsh, Esq. | Garfunkel Wild, P.C., Great Neck, NY
1.0 Credits in Areas of Professional Practice


2:00 PM – 2:10 PM



2:10 PM – 3:00 PM

Launching and Growing a Boutique Firm: A View from the Trenches

The founding partners of two boutique law firms and two solo practices share their experiences and insights regarding launching and maintaining a small law firm practice. The panelists will offer valuable nuts-and-bolts advice on launching your firm, formulating and executing on a marketing strategy to comply with the NYS Rules of Professional Conduct, getting clients and developing strong attorney and client relationships, surviving the pandemic and shifting a small firm to a virtual platform, and will spin some cautionary tales. Whether you have recently launched a small practice of your own or have dreamt of doing so, this will be a lively and informative discussion.

Speakers: Alanna Kaufman, Esq. | Kaufman Lieb Lebowitz & Frick, New York, NY; Randi Cohen, Esq. | Law Office of Randi M. Cohen, New York, NY; Rob Rickner, Esq. | Rickner PLLC., New York, NY; David M. Eskew, Esq. | Abell Eskew Landau LLP, Newark, NJ
1.0 Credit in Law Practice Management


3:00 PM – 3:10 PM



3:10 PM – 3:25 PM

Award Ceremony

Presenters: Michael DiFalco, Esq.| Aiello & DiFalco, LLP., Garden City, NY


3:25 PM – 3:30 PM

The New York Bar Foundation


3:30 PM – 3:40 PM



3:40 PM – 4:30 PM

Antitrust 360 and Me

As a young lawyer, it can be difficult to find your niche. Antitrust law is an interdisciplinary practice area that affords practitioners the flexibility to work broadly across civil and criminal matters, including litigations, investigations, and transactions or, alternatively, to specialize in a particular space. This panel will explore the experiences of three antitrust lawyers as a means to elucidate the allure and demands of the various facets of both private and government practices. Join us to consider where you may fit in (and maybe learn a little antitrust law too!).

Moderator: Eva W. Cole, Esq. | Winston & Strawn LLP., New York, NY
Speakers: Cristina Fernandez, Esq. | Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP., New York, NY; Beatriz Marques, Esq. | Office of the New York State Attorney General, Antitrust Bureau; Johanna Rae Hudgens, Esq. | Winston & Strawn LLP., New York, NY
1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice

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