Noel L.C. Williams ’87 represents the insurance industry defending personal injury, motor vehicle, and property damage cases at the firm of Penino & Moynihan. Upon graduation, Noel had the privilege of becoming an Assistant District Attorney with the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, where he investigated and prosecuted arsons and economic crimes, gangs, and narcotics cases. After seven years, Noel left the DA’s Office to become a fraud investigator with Chemical Bank (now, JPMorgan Chase) investigating all manner of bank fraud until 2006. In 2007, Noel began his third legal career when he joined his current firm, Penino & Moynihan, LLP.

Since 2002, Noel has been an active and beloved member of the Alumni Association’s Executive Committee of the Alumni Association. For many, Noel continues to serve as the co-chair of the Alumni Mentor Committee. He is a member of the BALLSA Alumni Advisory Board, a frequently invited guest speaker at events, and a participant on numerous ad hoc committees.

Noel was recently honored at Cardozo’s Alumni Association Annual Meeting and received the Volunteer Service Award. This award recognizes alumni, faculty, staff and/or friends of Cardozo whose dedication and commitment to volunteering his/her time has significantly enhanced the goals and mission of the law school and the alumni association and/or who has given of themselves for the enrichment of others and the betterment of the alumni association and its surrounding communities.

Lee V. Pham ’10 is Counsel for Intellectual Property Law & Strategy at the American Express where he champions IP as a strategic corporate asset. He advises business leaders on the IP-related aspects of digitally intensive initiatives, contributes to innovation program governance, and engages technologists to direct strategic patent filing. Lee’s experience at American Express also includes strategic patent monetization and management of defensive IP investments. Lee is a Patent Attorney admitted to practice in New York, Federal Courts and before the USPTO. He joined American Express in 2008.

Lee is an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). He has represented AIPLA's Far East Practice Committee on international delegations to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Lee is also a member of the Council of Urban Professionals, an active alumnus of the Cardozo School of Law, and a former IP Law Section Fellow of the New York State Bar Association. He serves the Cardozo community as a Member of the Alumni Association's Executive Committee, an Appointee to the Dean's Council on Diversity & Inclusion, and the Chair of the Black, Asian & Latino LSA Alumni Group.

Lee was recently honored at Cardozo’s Alumni Association Annual Meeting and received the Young Leadership Award. This award is bestowed upon a young alumna/alumnus (ten years or less after graduation) who has shown continuous support to the Cardozo School of Law in an effort to make Cardozo a better school by demonstrated leadership and substantial service to the law school.

This is the second in an ongoing series highlighting the accomplishments of Cardozo alumni, an initiative led by the Office of Alumni Affairs and CYAN (the Cardozo Young Alumni Network).