Eric I Cohen ’83 is Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Terex Corporation where he is also a member of the senior executive leadership team responsible for the management of all global legal affairs, SEC matters, product safety, ethics and compliance, as well as participation in the general management, strategy, and administrative aspects of Terex’s business.
Terex Corporation is a Fortune 500 company whose shares are listed on The New York Stock Exchange. Terex is a global manufacturer of a broad range of lifting material handling equipment for use in various industries, including the construction, infrastructure, quarrying, light mining, shipping, transportation, refining, and utility industries.
Prior to joining the company, Eric was a corporate partner with the New York City law firm of Robinson Silverman Pearce Aronsohn & Berman LLP (now Bryan Cave LLP). Mr. Cohen’s practice was in the general corporate and corporate securities area.
Eric has had a long-standing commitment to Cardozo. He serves on the Cardozo Board of Overseers and is Chair of the Alumni Committee. He was a featured speaker in the Dean’s Speaker Series where he inspired students with stories about his own career path. Eric is married to Gail, also a 1983 Cardozo alumna and together they established a Scholarship to assist students in achieving their dreams of legal education. As a Cardozo student, Eric was the Managing Editor of the Cardozo Law Review. He and Gail are the proud parents of Cardozo alumna Hayley Cohen ’12.
In addition to his leadership at Cardozo, Eric is also on the Board of Directors of the Pro Bono Partnership Board and a member of the Board of Directors of the Westchester County and Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
William M. Greenblatt ’82 is widely considered to be one of the pioneers of the background screening industry. As the founder and chairman of SterlingBackcheck, one of the world’s largest screening companies, he has fundamentally transformed the way companies, both large and small, hire and retain the best talent for their organizations.
SterlingBackcheck began as a mystery shopping service before evolving into a polygraph examinations company in 1975. By the mid-1980s, regulatory changes forced SterlingBackcheck to reinvent itself as an employment screening company. In the years that followed, Bill has led the company with a clear vision for disruptive transformation and a strong commitment to technology.
SterlingBackcheck has completed nine acquisitions in the past seven years and now has more than 3,000 employees in ten cities around the world. Most recently, Goldman Sachs and CDPQ made significant investments in the company, fueling its strategy of global expansion and industry leadership.
For the fifth time since 2007, SterlingBackcheck was named one of the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America. It was recently named by Deloitte & Touche LLP as one of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America and one of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the New York area.
In 2006, Bill was honored as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and in 2010 by the University of Maryland (from which he received his Bachelors degree in 1979.)
Bill has been an active Cardozo alumnus for many years. He has been on the Board of Overseers since 2011. He is a long-time supporter of the Public Service Auction, helping to provide stipends for students volunteering in the public sector. He has endowed a scholarship to assist students in achieving their dream of legal education. Bill was a featured speaker in the Dean’s Speaker Series where he interacted with students as he told the story of his career path. Bill has spearheaded new initiatives to assist students with gaining employment after graduation and helps to advise the law school on business strategy. Additionally, Bill and his wife, Judith, are the proud parents of Cardozo alumnus, Brandon Greenblatt ’14.
Barbara Kolsun ’82 is an Adjunct Professor of Fashion Law at Cardozo Law School in New York City and the editor of Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives and Attorneys, now in its second edition and the soon-to-be-released first casebook on Fashion Law published by Carolina Press. With Lee Sporn, she is co-director of Cardozo’s newly minted FAME program (Fashion, Art, Media and Entertainment).
Barbara developed the first joint JD/MBA course in Fashion Law and Business at NYU Law and Stern Business School. She started the legal departments at three “startups”—Kate Spade, Seven for All Mankind and Stuart Weitzman—and was the first General Counsel at all three companies. She was Assistant GC at Calvin Klein Jeans and Westpoint Stevens and has probably been through more mergers than most lawyers in the fashion business.
In early 2015, Barbara was awarded lifetime achievement awards from the World Trademark Forum and the Luxury Summit (International New York Times and Global Legal Times).
Barbara has been an ardent supporter of Cardozo for many years–as an alumna, an adjunct professor and mentor. Barbara was awarded an honorary Order of the Coif in 2014, recognizing excellence in legal education, the L. Nathaniel Gates Award in 2014, honoring her commitment and contributions to the LGBT community and the Professor John Appel Award in 2013 for exemplary service to the Cardozo student body. She was recently a featured speaker in the Dean’s Speaker Series. In her many years as a General Counsel in the fashion world, Barbara has mentored and assisted Cardozo students in obtaining jobs and takes great pride in tracking their careers. Barbara truly embodies the meaning of an alumni network.
For more information, call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 212.790.0293 or e-mail CardozoAlumniEvents@yu.edu.