ANGELA MORCONE GIANNINI
Angela Morcone Giannini is a founding partner of her new firm Fontana Giannini LLP in WhitePlains, New York. Angela began her law career at the prestigious firm of Clark, Gagliardi & Miller, P.C. where she was a partner for many years. Angela has practiced for over 28 years representing plaintiffs in the areas of personal injury including automobile, premise, construction, and medical malpractice cases. She is a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and has the honor of being selected a New York Super Lawyer and is rated an AV Preeminent with Martindale-Hubbell.
Ms. Giannini served as Recording Secretary on the Westchester Women’s Bar Association Board of Directors, is a co-chair of the WWBA Litigation Committee, authors the Litigation Tip for the Westchester Women’s Bar Association monthly newsletter. She also chairs the Legislation Committee. She also is a Westchester representative on WBASNY’s Legislation Committee. She has served as State Director for the WWBA and as a member of the Judicial Screening Committee. She is a member of the Westchester County Bar Association where she serves on the Judicial Screening Committee and is a Past Board Member, Liaison with Pace Law School and Member of the Medico-Legal Committee. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and has served on the Balanced Lives Committee. She presently serves as a 9th Judicial Representative and Judiciary Committee Member for the New York State Trial Lawyers. She is the New York State co-chair for the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and Member of the Budget & Finance Committee. She is also a member of the American Bar Association.
She has lectured on various litigation topics and presented at numerous continuing legal education seminars for the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, Academy of Trial Lawyers, CLE Center/Law.com, Pace Law School, Westchester County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and PLI. Ms. Giannini has also been a Judge for Pace Law School's Advocacy Program, National Trial Competition and Moot Court competition. She has enjoyed being a mentor over the years for many law student interns.
Angela received her JD from Pace Law School in 1988 cum laude and graduated with a BS from Fordham University summa cum laude in 1985 and was selected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She is admitted to the New York and Connecticut Bars.
She has been married to her husband Robert for 28 years and is the very proud mother of two sons Michael (Pace Law School ’17) and Thomas (Manhattan College).
HON. LISA M. SMITH
The Honorable Lisa Margaret Smith is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York. She sits in the Charles L. Brieant Federal Building and United States Courthouse in White Plains. She was originally appointed in 1995 and is currently serving her fourth term as a Magistrate Judge. From 2006-2008 Judge Smith served as Chief Magistrate Judge for the SDNY.
Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Smith was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (1987-1995). Before becoming an AUSA she served as a Kings County (NY) Assistant District Attorney from 1980-1985, rising to Supervising Senior ADA in the Appeals Bureau, following service in several other bureaus. From 1985-1986 Judge Smith was an Assistant Attorney General in the Appeals and Opinions Division of the New York State Department of Law, located in Albany. She represented the State of New York on appeals in state and federal courts throughout New York, and she co-authored an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the National Association of State Attorneys General filed in the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1986 Judge Smith re-joined the Kings County Dis-trict Attorney’s Office as a Supervising Senior ADA. She remained there until 1987, when she became an AUSA for the Southern District of New York.
Judge Smith earned her BA degree, with honors in political science, from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana in 1977, and her JD degree from Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina in 1980, where she was a member of the Moot Court Board. She is a member of the Boards of Editors of the Federal Courts Law Review, an on-line and print journal of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, and of the Federal Bar Council Quarterly. Judge Smith has served in various positions on the Board of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, and currently serves as a Vice President and member of the Executive Committee. She is active in the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, the Federal Bar Council, the Federal Bar Association, for which she has served as a Circuit Vice Presi-dent, and JALBCA. In 2014 Judge Smith was honored to receive the Judith S. Kaye Access to Justice Award from the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. In 2018 Judge Smith was also honored to receive the Kay Crawford Murray Award from the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Women in the Law.
Judge Smith has been an Adjunct Professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (formerly Pace Law School) since 2006, where she has taught Evidence and Federal Courts, and co-teaches Civil Procedure with Professor Michael B. Mushlin. Judge Smith frequently lectures at CLE and Bar Association programs, with a particular focus on e-discovery and evidence. She is a regular participant in events which educate children about the courts, including Take Your Children To Work Day, an annual program of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, as well as visits to the Courthouse by school and scout groups, and she advises the Rye Neck High School Mock Trial Team.
Judge Smith published an article, co-authored with Professor Mushlin, entitled “The Professor and the Judge: Introducing First-Year Students to the Law in Context.” The article appears in the Journal of Legal Education, Volume 63, number 3 (February 2014). Judge Smith also wrote an article entitled “Top Ten Things You Probably Never Knew About Magistrate Judges,” published in The Federal Lawyer in May, 2014. She has also contributed numerous articles to the Federal Bar Council Quarterly.
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 the Editor of the Fordham International Law Journal. She received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in 2000.
Amanda previously served two terms as Treasurer of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, is serving again as Vice-President and has been the proud co-chair of the Programs Committee. She was the chair of the Annual Dinner Souvenir Journal for four consecutive years and she has loved every minute of being a part of this organization. In addition to her roles with the WWBA, she is also an Elected Member of the Executive Committee of the Westchester County Bar Association's Family Law Section.
Amanda sings weekly with the Greenwich Choral Society, and 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.
Jennifer L. Gray is a partner at Keane & Beane, P.C. where her practice is devoted to the areas of planning and zoning, and litigation pertaining to land use, municipal and real estate matters. Jennifer regularly appears before municipal boards throughout the Hudson Valley on behalf of developers, businesses, franchises, religious institutions and individuals. She also serves as counsel to local planning and zoning boards. Her litigation experience includes matters related to compliance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), challenges to local planning and zoning board decisions, disputes concerning real property, as well as both prosecution and defense of zoning and building code violations. Jennifer is a lecturer on issues related to land development and zoning for the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation, New York Planning Federation and local bar associations.
Jennifer received her juris doctor, cum laude, from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in 2006, with a Certificate in Environmental Law, and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in 2002. Jennifer has served as Vice-President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, Co-Chair of the WWBA’s Environmental & Land Use Committee, Annual Dinner Committee and the Lawyering & Parenting Committee, Co-Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the Westchester County Bar Association, and an elected member of the Alumni Board of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University where she recently concluded two terms on its Executive Committee. Jennifer was selected as a “SuperLawyer” Rising Star and one of the New York Metro Region Top Women “SuperLawyers” in the field of land use and zoning. She was also selected by the Business Council of Westchester as one of the County’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.
Jennifer enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and adventure-loving twin boys.
Jacqueline Hattar is a partner in the New York Metro offices of Wilson Elser, and a member of thefirm’s Complex Torts & General Casualty practice group. She has practiced law for more than 27 years, almost 18 of them as an attorney at Wilson Elser. Jackie is an experienced and accomplished litigator, who focuses her practice on general tort liability matters and the defense of complex litigation. She has extensive trial experience in all courts throughout the state of New York and has a strong background in alternative dispute resolution/mediations and appellate work.
Jackie is currently a member of Wilson Elser’s national Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is also one of five women partners, who helped to establish Wilson Elser’s Women Attorneys Valued & Empowered (WAVE) Initiative, which exemplifies the firm’s enlightened approach to advancing the professional and personal well-being of its women attorneys. She has served as a mentor in the WAVE’s Mentorship program since its inception. Jackie is also a member of Wilson Elser’s National Attorney Training program, which provides in-house legal training for new attorneys. Earlier in her career, Jackie served for six years as an assistant district attorney in the Bronx County, New York, District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted major high-profile offenses from grand jury through trial.
Jackie is a long-time, involved member of the WWBA, who has served in various positions, including four-terms as a WBASNY state director and a local director, current co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Litigation Committee. Jackie co-founded the WWBA’s Continuing Lecture Series on Diversity in the Legal Profession. For over a decade, Jackie has organized the WWBA’s participation as volunteer readers in the National Education Association’s Read Across America program in the Yonkers Public Schools. This also led to the WWBA including Yonkers Public School 23 in its annual Law Day program at the Federal Courthouse in White Plains.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Fordham University in 1988, Jackie obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Pace University School of Law in 1991. She is admitted to practice law in the state of New York, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Natanya Briendel is an Adjunct Professor at Mercy College where she teaches courses in Criminal Justice and Family Violence. Prior to teaching Ms. Briendel worked at the Pace Women’s Justice Center from 2005 to 2018. She directed the Westchester Division, which involved managing the PWJC Free Legal Helpline, the Moderate Means Program, and the Uncontested Divorce Project.
Prior to joining PWJC, Ms. Briendel had been a prosecutor with the New York City Human Rights Administration and New York City Law Department and had started the Pro Bono Domestic Violence initiative at the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project. Ms. Briendel is a graduate of Brandeis University and received her law degree from Suffolk University School of Law.
Elizabeth is an Assistant District Attorney at the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. She is assigned to the Local Criminal Courts Bureau which prosecutes cases in the city, town, and village criminal courts throughout the County. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (Go Blue!). While at Michigan, Elizabeth was an Executive Editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law. She also served as a Student-Attorney with Michigan’s Juvenile Justice Clinic and Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic. Additionally, she interned for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Prior to law school, Elizabeth earned a Master’s degree in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University. Her research focused on the intersection of disability and aging with her final thesis titled, “The Human Rights-Based Approach to Disability: Opportunities for the World’s Aging Society.” While pursuing her Master’s degree at Columbia, Elizabeth interned at the United Nations Headquarters for the UN’s focal point on disability rights. Elizabeth is also a graduate of New York University, having earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in history and politics.
This will be Elizabeth’s second year serving as Corresponding Secretary for the WWBA. She also serves as Co-Chair of the New Lawyers Committee.