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Leadership Awards Dinner 2008
Pace Law School held its second most successful leadership dinner in Law School history on Thursday, October 30, 2008, at the Rye Town Hilton. The 14th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner, which honored three outstanding members of the legal community, raised more than $190,000, a 26.3% increase over last year. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Vernon J. Brown of V. Brown & Company, Inc.; and Robert B. Marcus and Steven J. Schwartzapfel of Schwartzapfel Truhowsky Marcus P.C.
Vernon J. Brown '96, CPA, chairman and CEO of V. Brown & Company, Inc., began his career in the entertainment industry representing such innovative hip-hop groups as Public Enemy and the platinum selling R&B group Surface. He has established himself as one of the entertainment industry's leading business managers by representing such artists as the late rapper Notorious BIG, Public Enemy, urban soul singer D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Brian McKnight, and the Cash Money Records Empire. Brown launched V. Brown & Company, Inc., in 1992, a business/ personal financial management company located in New York City. Brown's knowledge, experience, leadership and clients range far and wide in all areas of entertainment and sports. Vernon represents fashion models including Jessica Stam, Marisa Miller, Miranda Kerr, and Coco Rocha; sports stars such as Allan Houston, Charlie Ward, Ty Law, and Michael Redd; as well as recording artists, film producers, and actors.
Robert B. Marcus ‘79, is the senior litigation partner at Schwartzapfel Truhowsky Marcus P.C. His legal practice is concentrated in the area of personal injury with a special emphasis on construction site and mass tort litigation. He was selected for the New York Super Lawyers List in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Marcus has been a fellow of the American Bar Foundation since 2007, recently was named one of the 2007 Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The American Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Marcus has lectured on numerous topics including the New York State labor law, construction site litigation, and an annual state-wide conference for Court of Claims clerks. He also has been accorded the Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating.
Steven J. Schwartzapfel '80, is the founding member of Schwartzapfel Truhowsky Marcus P.C., one of the most prominent and well respected plaintiff's personal injury law firms in New York. He has been a member, director, officer, and past president-elect of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and currently serves as a director emeritus. Schwartzapfel served as the first president of the Alliance for Consumer Rights and is also a founding member, director, and first vice president of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has served on the Judicial Screening committees for the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, and New York Court of Appeals, in addition to serving on the Committee on Professional Discipline. Schwartzapfel founded www.NYSafetynet.com, a Web site designed to provide information and other resources for the working families and socially and/or economically disenfranchised of New York. He has been awarded the prestigious AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell, recently named to the 2008 New York Super Lawyers List and selected one of the 2007 Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association.
14TH ANNUAL ALUMNI LEADERSHIP AWARDS DINNER SPONSORS
Cash Money Management
Salenger, Sack Schwartz & Kimmel, LLP
Weitz & Associates, Attorneys at Law
Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP
Paula Sammons Butler ‘03
Collier, Halpern, Newberg, Nolletti & Bock, LLP
Cuddy & Feder LLP
DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederkehr, LLP
McCarthy Fingar LLP
Pernod Ricard USA
Welby, Brady & Greenblatt, LLP
Duane Fiedler, Esq.
Keane & Beane P.C.
New York Medical & Diagnostic Center