Albany Law School’s Government Law Center (GLC) recently appointed five new members to three-year terms on its Advisory Board: Michael Fallon, Daniel Feldman, Sandra Rivera ’02, James Sandner ‘67 and David Verbraska ‘96. In addition, student Zachary Kansler ’12 was appointed as an ex officio member for one year.
Michael Fallon is a principal at Hinman Straub P.C., where he serves as a member of the firm’s Government Relations department and is also responsible for the firm’s lobbying, ethics, and elections compliance. He has served as senior counsel in both the Senate Majority and the Senate Minority and as general counsel to the New York State Office of Homeland Security. He earned a J.D. from the University at Buffalo Law School, a masters in library science from the University at Albany and a B.A. in social science from Dominican College.
Daniel Feldman teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as associate professor of public management. Feldman authored more than 140 laws as a member of the State Assembly, and he also served as chair of the Assembly Committee on Corrections. As special counsel for law and policy to New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, he directed the divestment of Iran- and Sudan-related holdings by the state’s Common Retirement Fund and advised the comptroller on budget, policy and litigation issues, and he also helped to halve the three-year backlog of pension hearing cases. He has written several books and articles on American law and government. He majored in economics at Columbia College, and earned his law degree at Harvard Law School.
Sandra Rivera ’02 serves as a counsel in the Albany office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where she is a member of the firm’s Government and Regulatory practice. Rivera has more than 15 years of experience working on legal and policy issues in connection with the New York state government. She has worked in the New York State Assembly Majority Leader’s Office and is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association for the State of New York and the Puerto Rican Bar Association. She earned her B.A. in anthropology and M.A. in political communication from the University at Albany and her J.D. from Albany Law School.
James Sandner ’67 served New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) for more than 43 years. He began his career at NYSUT as a retained attorney with the former Sneeringer and Rowley Law Firm. He joined NYSUT as its associate general counsel, served as NYSUT general counsel in the union’s New York City Legal Department, and became NYSUT’s first statewide general counsel. Sander’s name appears on all the early precedent setting cases in New York state labor and employment law under the Taylor Law, and he is a recognized leader in the labor bar in both New York state and across the country.
David Verbraska ’96 is the vice president of policy and public affairs at Pfizer, Inc., and is the senior counselor to executive leadership on reputation, policy and business improvement initiatives. He served as director of public affairs at the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce, worked for Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker as an associate attorney and lobbyist, and served as an assistant to the Chief of Staff, East Wing, in the White House. Verbraska began his career in the New York State Executive Chamber under Governor Mario Cuomo. He received his B.A. in American studies from Siena College, M.A. in public affairs from the University at Albany and J.D. from Albany Law School, as well as completing the general management program at Harvard Business School.
Zachary Kansler ’12 is a third-year law student at Albany Law School, having graduated from Lebanon Valley College. Since the spring semester of 2010, Zachary has been a research assistant for both the Government Law Center and Associate Dean Patricia Salkin, working on numerous projects, including co-authoring an article with Dean Salkin. He has also been an intern in the Saratoga District Attorney’s Office and at the New York State Office of Child and Family Services.
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