Q: Tell us why you joined the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, and how you have participated in it over the years?
A: I joined the WWBA to be part of a diverse community of Renaissance lawyers who share my commitment to fairness. It is only in the last few years that I was recruited to the WWBA Board of Directors. However, I’ve served in numerous capacities during that tenure. I am currently a Vice President, but I was the Treasurer for the two years prior. I am in my second year as Co-Chair of the Programs Committee, and I was the Committee Chair for the Annual Dinner Souvenir Journal for three (long) years.
Q: What are the greatest joys for you of being a member of the WWBA?
A: I love the sisterhood. Being with other women with whom I can share professional and personal joys, successes, and stressors is an invaluable gift. I’m proud to be a member of an organization that prioritizes equality and community service.
Q: Why did you become an attorney, and tell us about your legal career.
A: What else would I become? My family talked about the practice of law at every meal, in every car ride, and at every holiday gathering. My law school application essay was actually about all the other occupations starting with “A” that I considered – even acrobat – but it was no use. My mother tells me that my first word was “no,” so I suppose that being a lawyer is in my blood. I obtained my JD from Fordham University School of Law. Prior to working at Carton & Rosoff PC, I was an associate at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, representing corporate trustees in debt and exchange offerings and financial institutions in their roles as rights, collateral, and escrow agents. Prior to law school, I was a legal assistant at Davis Polk & Wardwell working on credit transactions. I was also lucky enough to have the opportunity to participate in a landmark trial involving a major accounting firm. Since 2009, I have been an attorney with Carton & Rosoff PC, which primarily focuses on Family and Matrimonial Law. We are a very busy firm that offers clients litigation, mediation, and collaborative alternatives. Our tag line is “Resolving Disputes Creatively,” and we endeavor to provide our clients with personalized and customized services. Coming from a corporate background, I am well versed in intensive and sensitive negotiations, and I believe strongly that a negotiated settlement is almost always a better resolution for a family in crisis. And, who am I kidding, I love to draft agreements.
Q: Tell us about working with your parents – including your Mom – a past President of the WWBA!
A: Working with my parents is awesome (did I mention that my mother will be reading this?). Truthfully, I was immensely proud of my mother for her work as President of the WWBA, and, as usual, she wore that extra hat with aplomb. I am honored to be a member of a family firm doing family law work.
Q: What are your interests outside of the practice of law?
A: I am the proud mother of Zoe, the irresistible Havanese who will do almost anything for a Cheerio (or ten). I am an experienced dog trainer, so Zoe has a repertoire of adorable tricks. I also dabble in photography (follow Zoe on Instagram @thehavanesemom), sing with The Stamford Chorale, and am trained as s classical pianist.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish both professionally, and personally, in the coming years?
A: I don’t know what the future will bring, but I’m certainly excited to meet it, whatever it brings professionally and personally. Oh, you know of an animal sanctuary looking for a director? Sure, I’m game!