The #CardozoLeader campaign celebrates the outstanding members and achievements of the Cardozo alumni community through a different theme each month.
For the month of April, we're highlighting alumni working in business or corporate law.
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Rebecca Berrebi ’08
Rebecca is the Founder and CEO of Avenue 33, LLC, a litigation finance consultancy. Having worked in the business of litigation finance since 2016, Rebecca was most recently the Head of Corporate Affairs at a leading litigation/arbitration fund manager. She started her career after graduating from Duke in the political affairs and public relations industry working at Edelman and a national political campaign. After Cardozo, she practiced as a private equity M&A lawyer for several years at Kirkland & Ellis LLC before serving briefly as a consultant in the legal group of a global private equity fund.
Rebecca combines her transactional legal background, business acumen and communications capabilities, as well as her general industry experience and contacts, to advise all types of stakeholders in the dispute finance industry on strategy. She has also served on several boards and committees of companies undergoing claims, including as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Eco Oro Minerals Corp. (CSE: EOM).
Aaron Iovine ’18
Aaron is the Head of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Cross River Bank. In his current role, he spearheads the Bank’s thought leadership efforts and manages the legislative, regulatory and public policy portfolio focusing on a number of issues in the fintech ecosystem. Prior to joining Cross River, Aaron worked at White & Case in the firm’s Financial Institution Advisory Practice and through law school spent time at some of the country’s largest financial services trade associations including The Clearing House and SIFMA.
Aaron serves on the New York City and New York State Bar Associations’ Banking Law Committees and is the Vice-Chair for the Retail Banking Subcommittee to the American Bar Association. He also serves as an Advisory Board Member to the Seton Hall University, Stillman School of Business, Transformative Leadership in Disruptive Times Certificate Program.
Marion Julmis ’10
Marion is the Chief Compliance Officer of the New York Branch and Head of Bank Regulatory Compliance for Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Marion has over a decade of experience advising multinational Financial Services firms on how to structure, scale, and deploy various global and domestic regulatory banking compliance programs in his capacity. Before joining RBC, Marion held the positions of Vice President at Barclays, responsible for the implementation of the Volcker Compliance Program within the Investment bank, and Senior Compliance Officer at JPMorgan supporting global compliance programs for JPMorgan’s Global Wealth Management businesses.
He is a passionate about improving the path for black men in law and banking and is a mentor for - IMentor mentorship program.
March 2021: Justice Tanya R. Kennedy '92
Justice Tanya R. Kennedy ‘92 is an Associate Justice for the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department.
She was appointed to the court by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2020. Kennedy previously served as a justice of the Supreme Court 1st Judicial District in New York. Kennedy was also previously a judge on the New York City Civil Court from 2006 to 2015. Before her election to Civil Court, Justice Kennedy served as Principal Law Clerk to Hon. Barry A. Cozier when he was an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department and when he was a Justice in the Commercial Division, New York County.
March 2021: Justice Dianne T. Renwick ‘86
Justice Dianne T. Renwick ‘86 is an Associate Justice for the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department.
Justice Renwick began her legal career at the Criminal Division of the Legal Aid Society. She has served as a member of the judiciary since March 1997, when she was appointed a New York City Housing Court Judge. Subsequently, she was elected to the New York City Civil Court and, in 2001, elected to the New York State Supreme Court. Prior to ascending to the bench, Justice Renwick was an attorney for the Federal Defenders in the Eastern District of New York.
March 2021: Hon. Eva S. Saltzman ’02
Hon. Eva S. Saltzman ’02 is an immigration judge in Chicago. She was appointed to the bench by Attorney General Loretta Lynch in August 2016. Judge Saltzman has presided over both detained and non-detained dockets. Prior to her appointment, she served as a Supervisory Staff Attorney in the Office of Legal Affairs at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. After graduating from Cardozo, Judge Saltzman worked in private practice, specializing in criminal alien deportation defense and immigration-related appellate litigation.
Judge Saltzman was a member of Cardozo’s Moot Court Honor Society and received the Telford Taylor Fellowship in Public International Law for research at Oxford University. During law school, she worked on human rights and international law issues in Oxford, England, Cairo, Egypt and Nairobi, Kenya. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999.
She is the Chicago Immigration Court representative of the National Association of Immigration Judges.
March 2021: Hon. Kathleen C. Waterman '98
Hon. Kathleen C. Waterman ’98, is an elected New York City Civil Court Judge, presently designated as an Acting New York State Family Court Judge. Prior to taking the bench in January 2019, Judge Waterman was an experienced civil and commercial litigator practicing in the New York State and Federal courts. From 2014 to 2018, Judge Waterman was the Principal Law Clerk to New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron. She joined Cardozo’s Legal Writing Department as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Fall of 2016, where her diverse experience and passion for the law informed her teaching.
February 2021: Brenton Hund '07
Navigating the music business is like swimming the English Channel: it’s cold, lonely, and perilous, and survival is the goal! Brenton’s musical journey began in the 1990s, singing and playing guitar, performing as many as 150 shows per year, sharing the stage with acts like the Charlie Daniels Band. He later moved into music law and now leads the Atlanta based Music Group at WarnerMedia. He serves as Assistant General Counsel, handling music issues for HBO and Turner, worldwide. In 2021 Brenton launched the “Brenton Hund Podcast”, interviewing movers and shakers he’s met in his three decades in the music industry.
February 2021: Laure Esther Kaioun LL.M. '15
Senior Director of Business and Legal Affairs at Ultra Records, a NY-based label and brand with worldwide operations. UltraMusic’s roster includes a wide range of internationally recognized artists such as Kygo, Calvin Harris, Sofi Tukker, Mr. Probz, and Icona Pop.
Former Broadway-trained dancer, Laure entered the music business after graduating with an IP LL.M. from Cardozo in 2015 during which she received the Outstanding and Distinguished Performance Award.
Thanks to Cardozo’s Externship Program, she kick-started her career working at Sony Music for Neil C. Berman, currently General Counsel of The Lifetime Value Co. LLC, who mentored and shaped her legal mind. There, she advised Sony’s frontline labels (RCA, Columbia, Epic).
After meeting with Patrick Moxey, Ultra Records’ Founder and President, Laure joined the Ultra family in 2018 where she since grew expertise in catalog acquisition, master purchase and publishing. Aside from counseling executives on a variety of legal matters and A&R strategies, Laure has a passion for yoga and loves curating playlists with newly discovered talent.
February 2021: Kodai Kimura LL.M. '13
Partner at Kobayashi & Yugeta Law Office in Tokyo. He has focused on intellectual property from day one of his career, and currently works with a large number of contracts, legal advice and disputes in the fine art and music industries based on his experience at Universal Music LLC.
As a specialist in the field of Art Law, Mr. Kimura advises artists, art galleries, art related start-ups, curators, art consultants, collectors, public art consulting firms and various companies involved in art projects, and has contributed articles to reputable media outlets such as Bijutsutecho and Forbes JAPAN
February 2021: Cathy Perifimos '09
Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at ViacomCBS, where she manages the legal affairs of Smithsonian Channel. Prior to joining Smithsonian Channel in 2014, Cathy was an associate at the boutique entertainment law firm of Dembitzer & Dembitzer LLP and was an associate agent in the audio and dramatic rights department of the Curtis Brown literary agency. She is a graduate of Barnard College and graduated from Cardozo in 2009.
February 2021: Ricardo (Ricky) Yoselevitz '08
Vice President of Brand Licensing at IMG Worldwide (part of Endeavor), the leading global brand licensing agency. As VP of Brand Licensing, Ricky is involved in various aspects of the agency’s business, including client management, business development, and the implementation of licensing strategies, across a broad range of high profile brands such as GAP, Energizer, TB12, Jeep, SHINOLA, Haribo, and Jim Beam (Beam Suntory) among others.
Prior to joining IMG/Endeavor, Ricky served as VP of Global Partnerships at Feld Entertainment, the leading global live family entertainment company, helping to oversee integrating marketing and sponsorship efforts. Before that, he spent seven years at Seltzer Licensing Group, a Global Brand Licensing Consultancy, where he was responsible for various aspects of the agency’s growth; overseeing all key account management, engaging in business development, and spearheading the creation and implementation of strategic licensing plans for a broad range of brands. Ricky’s first position out of Law School was in-house at Conde Nast Publications acting as contract counsel to the robust portfolio of publications. It was here he was first introduced to Brand Licensing.