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Alumni of the Year Honorees

At the Annual Alumni Association Luncheon on January 25, 2013, Brooklyn Law School presented distinguished Alumni of the Year Awards to Stanley Grossman '67, Hon. Ramon Reyes '92, and Lawrence Sucharow '75.

2012 Honorees

Stanley Grossman '67
Senior Counsel, Pomerantz Grossman Hufford Dahlstrom & Gross LLP

Stanley M. Grossman, Class of 1967, is Senior Counsel at Pomerantz Grossman Hufford Dahlstrom & Gross LLP. He is recognized as a leader in the plaintiffs' securities bar. He was featured in the New York Law Journal article: "Top Litigators in Securities Field -- A Who's Who of City's Leading Courtroom Combatants." Mr. Grossman has litigated securities (individual and class), derivative and antitrust actions with the Firm for 40 years. Read More.

Hon. Ramon E. Reyes, Jr. '92
Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York

Ramon E. Reyes, Jr., Class of 1992, entered service as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York in February 2006. At the time of his appointment he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, serving as a Deputy Chief of Civil Appeals.Judge Reyes has published several law review articles on intellectual property, and international law and litigation issues, and is an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School. Read More.

Lawrence Sucharow '75
Chairman, Labaton Sucharow LLP 

Lawrence A. Sucharow, Class of 1975, a nationally recognized leader of the securities class action bar, is the Chairman of Labaton Sucharow. In this capacity, he participates in developing the litigation and settlement strategies for virtually all of the class action cases Labaton Sucharow prosecutes. Read More.

  • David M. Barse, Class of 1987, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Third Avenue Management LLC. During two decades under Barse’s leadership, Third Avenue has grown from a one fund boutique into a multi-platform asset manager with value-driven strategies devoted to global stocks, real estate, small caps and credit. Third Avenue offers alternative investment vehicles, separately managed accounts, subadvised portfolios, UCITS and mutual funds to private and institutional clients. Barse’s strategic business development plan fostered Third Avenue’s growth in assets under management to $15 billion.

    Over the years, Martin J. Whitman and Barse have participated in numerous distressed investments, including Kmart, USG, Covanta Energy and Collins and Aikman. Barse currently serves on the board of Covanta Holdings Corporation, a market leader in energy-from-waste technology.

    Barse has been a member of the World Economic Forum since 2008. The financial press frequently seeks him out for background and commentary. He has recently appeared on CNBC, Fox Business News, and Bloomberg, and in the pages of The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, and Business Week.

    In addition to his J.D. degree, Barse holds a B.A.from George Washington University. He is a member of the Brooklyn Law School Board of Trustees and sits on the Board of Directors of the City Parks Foundation.

    Barse has endowed the Barse Family Scholarship to honor the memory of his late father, Lawrence Barse, a 1958 graduate of Brooklyn Law School. He also endowed the David M. Barse Chair currently held by Professor Edward Janger. Each year, he addresses students in Interim Dean Michael Gerber’s Business Reorganizations class, and he has been a participant in the Dean’s Roundtable Luncheon series. He is also a member of the Barry L. Zaretsky Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Roundtable Steering Committee.

    He resides in Harrison, NY with his wife, Lisa, and their three children.

  • The Honorable Dorothy T. Eisenberg, Class of 1950, was inducted as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York in 1989.

    Only 20 years old when she received her L.L.B. degree from Brooklyn Law School, she was too young to sit for the bar exam and had to wait several months to take it. She joined the firm of Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen, P.C., and, after several years, took a leave to raise her four children. One of her children is Leslie Eisenberg, a member of the Class of 1992. In 1970, she returned to practice at the Mineola firm of Goldman Horowitz & Cherno in the then fledgling field of bankruptcy law. She went on to become the first woman partner in the firm of Shaw, Licitra, Eisenberg, Esernio & Schwartz, P.C. of Garden City.

    Prior to becoming a bankruptcy judge, she was a member of the Committee on Character & Fitness, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department. Earlier, she was a Panel Trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

    Judge Eisenberg is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the National Association of Women Judges, the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, and the American Bankruptcy Institute. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Federal Bar Council at Central Islip. She is a former member of the National Committee for Court Administration of the United States, which oversees case administration and electronic case filing for Bankruptcy Courts, and she is a past President of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association and The Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court.

    Currently, Judge Eisenberg serves as a member of the Advisory Committee for the New York State and Federal Judicial Council, as well as a member of the Brooklyn Law School Barry L. Zaretsky Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Roundtable Steering Committee.

  • Howard S. Finkelstein, Class of 1959, founded his law firm just two years after graduation. Finkelstein & Partners, LLP, which specializes in personal injury litigation, has grown from one office in Newburgh, New York to multiple offices in New York and New Jersey.

    An innovative business strategist, Finkelstein attributes his success in part to the firm’s early integration of technology. In 1983, at the dawn of the digital age of law practice management, he developed a comprehensive computer case management system. He and his son, Andrew, the managing partner of the firm, continue to incorporate new technologies regularly. Andrew is a 1991 graduate of the Law School.

    Finkelstein’s firm also takes on extensive pro-bono work. Finkelstein has represented several families of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and, more recently, veterans of the armed services.

    Finkelstein has served as President of the Greater Newburgh Bar Association, President of the Orange County Bar Association, President of B’nai B’rith, and Governor of the New York State Association of Plaintiffs Trial Lawyers. He has also been on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the Advisory Board of the Bank of New York, and he served as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and as a Moot Court Judge at Pace Law School.

    Born and raised in Brooklyn, Finkelstein earned his B.A. at Brooklyn College. A Korean War Veteran, he attended Brooklyn Law School with the help of the G.I. Bill. A loyal supporter of the Law School, he has endowed two scholarships, the Class of 1959 Scholarship and the Howard S. Finkelstein Scholarship. He also played a role in creating a scholarship in memory of his classmate, Ronald Jacobson.

    Finkelstein’s philanthropy extends beyond the Law School. He created a scholarship at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, founded the Diane Finkelstein Fund for Families in Crisis, and was the exclusive sponsor of the Times Herald Record’s Orange County Classic Wheelchair Race.

    Finkelstein was the honoree of the year at the NAACP of the Hudson Valley’s 2008 annual gala, and he was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Orange County Bar Association. He has three sons and lives with his wife, Lola, in Newburgh, NY.

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