Barbara Finkelstein

Q&A: Barbara Finkelstein

By Rebecca Baker |

For the past 20 years, Barbara Finkelstein has been the face of civil legal services for low-income residents in the northern suburbs of New York City. She is the CEO of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, and has helped grow the agency from a single office with 20 employees in 1995 to a chain of eight offices with 120 employees and hundreds of part-time, pro bono attorneys.

Jeffrey Friedlander

Q&A: Jeffrey Friedlander

By Jeff Storey |

As a student, Jeffrey Friedlander said he was only "vaguely aware" of the New York City Law Department. But one of his professors at NYU Law School recruited him, and he ended up spending his entire professional career there—a 44 year run that will end in a few months, he announced Wednesday.

Judge Pipia

Q&A: Robert Pipia

By Andrew Keshner |

For Robert Pipia, a Nassau County District Court judge in his first months on the bench, any difficulties adjusting to his judicial duties come in a wider context. Pipia has a genetic disorder that has rendered him wheelchair bound and limits the use of his hands. But that has never stopped him.

Brendan Schulman

Q&A: Brendan Schulman

By Jeff Storey |

With the drone industry taking off, one lawyer who welcomed proposed regulations the FAA issued Sunday was Brendan Schulman, who leads an unmanned aircraft systems interdisciplinary practice group at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel and has two decades of hands-on experience with such aircraft, as a lawyer and a fan.

Donna Aldea

Q&A: Donna Aldea

By Jeff Storey |

Donna Aldea ended a 15-year career as a prosecutor in April 2013 to become a partner at a prominent criminal defense and civil rights law firm. She discusses appellate advocacy, her toughest cases, switching to the defense, and her continuing work defending the pre-arraignment interview program of the Queens District Attorney's Office.