A Chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY)



Officers


SUSAN EDWARDS COLSON

President
president@wwbany.com

Susan Edwards Colson has a Will, Trust and Estates practice in White Plains, New York.  She often works with individual and families, businesses, and foundations to organize, strategize and maximize the impact of their philanthropic initiatives.  She is dedicated to the arts, community building, and civic engagement through her professional and volunteer work.

She was a member of the Moot Court Board of Governors, as well as Chari of the Women’s Caucus at Cleveland-Marshal College of Law.  A Certified Public Accountant since 1986, she has taught financial and managerial accounting, as well as individual, partnership and corporate taxation at several college s and universities.  She frequently speaks on tax implications of charitable planning at professional conference and on organizing individual strategies for optimizing charitable intentions.

She also draws on a rich background of experiences in development and community building activities for her law practice and board activities.  Her years as the chief development officer for a college and a hospital, along with her time as a trust officer for a major university’s development office, have given her perspectives on the relationships between tax incentives, estate planning strategy, and personal motivations to support family legacies related to charitable engagement.  Her decade of experience working directly with donors at a local community foundation, as well as her seminar on “Good-Better-Best Charitable Giving,” form the basis for a wide ranging network of individual and organizations in Westchester county engaged in “social entrepreneurship.”

She is a former board member of the Westchester Estate Planning Counsel and the Westchester Women’s Bar Foundation.  She is a member of the Trusts and Estates sections of the New York State Bar Association and Westchester County Bar Association.  Sher serves as Vice President of the International Percy Grainger Society, White Plains, New York and as a board member of the Yoga Teachers Association, Inc., Mount Kisco, New York.


JOELLE M. BURTON

Vice President
joelle.burton@yahoo.com

Joelle M. Burton devotes her practice to the representation of families of children with disabilities in obtaining appropriate education services for their children.  Joelle’s focus is on special education advocacy and litigation, including due process hearings.  With over ten years of litigation experience in various areas of law, Joelle is passionate about applying her advocacy skills to helping families of children with special needs.

Joelle’s previous litigation experience includes estates and trusts litigation, insurance law, federal civil rights liability, and medical malpractice liability, including appeals before New York State’s Appellate Division, Second Department.  She is admitted to practice in the states of New York and Connecticut as well as various federal district courts.

Joelle has volunteered for the Legal Aid Society of New York in their Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Project, where she represented undocumented children in New York’s foster care system in obtaining lawful immigrant status.   Joelle has also volunteered at a Yonkers Public School in their Read Across America program, and takes great delight in reading to children.

While in law school, Joelle was awarded the New York State Bar Association’s Student Legal Ethics Award; and also practiced as a Student Attorney in Pace Law’s John Jay Legal Services Investor Rights Clinic where she represented investors of moderate means, successfully negotiating settlements for clients. 

Joelle is a member of the Committee on Issues Affecting Persons with Disabilities for the New York State Bar Association, a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA).

Joelle has been a member of the WWBA for more than fourteen years, becoming a board member in 2008.  This is Joelle's second year as Vice President.  She served as Treasurer in 2013-14 and Corresponding Secretary in 2012-13. Joelle has served as Co-Chair of the Lawyering and Parenting Committee for the past four years and is a former Chair of the WWBA's Annual Dinner Souvenir Journal Committee for three years, and is a former State Director. 

Joelle lives in Westchester with her husband and young daughter.


LISA M. DENIG

Vice President
lisadenig@yahoo.com

Lisa Denig is the Acting Executive Assistant District Attorney in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.  In this role, Ms. Denig is primarily responsible for personnel and budgetary issues, overseeing and administering grants, managing certain public relations aspects of the office, and generally serving as an advisor to Acting District Attorney James A. McCarty.  Prior to this position, Ms. Denig served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals and Special Litigation Division.  Her work there consisted of opposing defendants’ federal and state habeas corpus petitions, CPL 440 motions to vacate, and other post-conviction motions.  Ms Denig specializes in proceedings in the federal courts and has argued numerous times in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  She also focuses much of her work on the new and evolving area of “actual innocence” claims asserted by prisoners.    

Ms. Denig graduated from Westchester Community College in 2000 and went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in 2002, with a degree in Political Science.  She attended Pace Law School’s evening program, where she was a member of the Law Review, and earned her J.D. magna cum laude in 2009.   

Her previous work includes serving as a law clerk to Federal Judge Lisa M. Smith, teaching in the Criminal Justice Department of Monroe College as an adjunct professor, serving as Chief of Staff to the Putnam County Executive, and as the Director of Communications for a state senator.

Lisa just finished her two-year term as President of Habitat for Humanity of Putnam County, coordinates and teaches in the children’s program at First Baptist Church in Brewster, volunteers with the Putnam Community Action Program, occasionally performs with the Brewster Theater Company, and teaches, on average, six spinning classes a week at local area gyms.   

Lisa is the proud parent of two grown daughters and four poorly trained but lovable dogs.  


JENNIFER N. NETROSIO

Vice President

Ms. Netrosio is a graduate of Pace Law School and is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the Federal Southern District of New York.  She has litigation experience in the following practice areas: personal injury, premises liability, strict products liability, criminal defense, commercial litigation, tort, contract, medical malpractice, bankruptcy, and family law.

Ms. Netrosio recently left the practice of law and established Netro Athleticz LLC, a company based on providing top quality instructional programs in the realm of ice sports.  Her business promotes mental and physical wellness and is geared towards building strong and confident ice skaters both on and off the ice.

Ms. Netrosio has served on the Board of Directors of the WWBA for the past four years.  Last year, she also served as WWBA Recording Secretary and WBASNY State Director.  Presently, Ms. Netrosio co-chairs the New Lawyers, Annual Dinner, and Holiday Party committees for the WWBA.  In her role as co-chair of the WWBA New Lawyers Committee, Ms. Netrosio has organized many successful networking, CLE, and career development programs geared towards bridging the gap between new and experienced attorneys.

Ms. Netrosio is a member of the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She is grateful for the tremendous support of the WWBA and is honored to serve as Vice President.   



KIM BERG

Corresponding Secretary
kberg@gouldberglaw.com

Kim Berg is a partner with Gould & Berg, LLP in White Plains, New York where she focuses her practice on employment law and discrimination, civil rights, commercial litigation, wills, trusts and estates. She routinely represents employers and employees in 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” and she was selected to the New York “Super Lawyers”  list every year since 2013.

Her positions with the WWBA have been diverse including as Vice President 2015-2016 , co-chair of the Membership Committee 2014-2016, co-chair of the Awards Committee 2015-present, 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 developed the annual fundraising drive coined a “Mocktail”; Secretary 2010-2011; and Director 2009-present.  

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, a member of the New York State Bar Association since 1995, and a member of the Dinner Committee for the Pace Women’s Justice Center. 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 training in the employment and education settings in the areas of harassment, discrimination and bullying prevention.

She 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 children, routinely volunteers locally for the PTA and little league, holds a Second Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate and actively trains Mauy Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


ANGELA MORCONE GIANNINI

Recording Secretary


AMANDA C. FRIED

Treasurer
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 an editor of the Fordham International Law Journal. She received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in 2000.

This is Amanda’s second term as Treasurer of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association. Since joining the WWBA, she has been the chair of the Annual Dinner Souvenir Journal for two consecutive years and has loved every minute of being a part of this organization.

Amanda 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.


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