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The Magazine of Roger Williams University School of Law
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Class Notes
1996
At the Rotary Club of New York,
Ulrick
Gaillard
was named Ambassador of
Friendship by the Host Club of America
for his humanitarian work on behalf of
the extreme poor in both Haiti and the
Dominican Republic.
Stephen Maguire
was elected to
the RWU Law Alumni Association
Board of Directors for a three-year
term. The Law Offices of Stephen P.
Maguire, which is focused on helping
people with claims for SSI and Social
Security disability benefits, is located in
Cranston, R.I.
1997
Anthony Leone
earned an AV rating
through Martindale-Hubbell. He is
currently serving as president of the
Rhode Island Association for Justice.
1998
Kara K. Ostroski Francis
and
Stephanie
D. DiSarro-Anderson
announced the
launch of their new alumni website
(
offered
to law and undergraduate alumni of
Roger Williams University. The launch
of this site comes just as Francis and
DiSarro-Anderson celebrate the two-year
anniversary of their business partnership.
Dennis A. Meyers
has joined Tampa Bay
Business Law LLP as a partner. He will
continue practicing law in the areas of
commercial litigation, insurance defense
and intellectual property
2001
Dena Kist
was promoted to deputy
network contracts manager at the
Department of Veterans Affairs,
Providence.
2002
Kimberly Grabarz
was promoted to
assistant vice president of the complex
casualty construction defect group at
Chartis in New York City.
Matthew P. Keris ’96
,
a
shareholder with Marshall,
Dennehey, Warner, Coleman &
Goggin, was elected president
of the Central Pennsylvania
Association of Health Care Risk
Management for the 2012
term. As president, Matthew is
responsible for the leadership
of the chapter, developing
educational programs for the
organization and facilitating
interaction between health care
risk management, insurance
claims and the legal community
on issues of common interest. He
is a member of the health care
department at Marshall Dennehey,
where he represents health care
professionals, medical groups and
health care institutions in medical
malpractice litigation.
Kurt Hermanni ’00
proudly opened Hermanni Law
Group in Coral Gables, Fla. The inaugural opening of his
office was covered by the local cable affiliate. Kurt is an
experienced U.S. immigration lawyer serving individuals
and businesses. He is also a member of the American
Immigration Lawyers Association.
His is an unusual career trajectory
that has clearly paid dividends. “In my
field people say, ‘You have a law degree?
Wow.’ I’m one of the few who does,”
Batheja says. “That degree has helped
separate me from competition. And I
think, as I climb the ladder, the law
degree will be even more important.”
His law school experiences benefit
his day-to-day work life as well. “When
I’m pitching to a potential client, I’m
making my case, crafting my argument,”
Batheja notes, using analytic and strategic
thinking skills honed at Roger Williams.
And when the contract process starts with
a client, Batheja’s law background really
gives him an advantage. “I look at the
contract first, red-line it, and then send it
to legal. That expedites the process. What
can take up to eight weeks with others
takes one or two weeks with me. I have
the legal acumen to say why a contract
has to read the way it does.”
It’s clear in chatting with Batheja that
he loves his job, and when asked his
favorite aspect of the job, he responds,
Are you kidding me? I’m working at
Madison Square Garden! I’ve had dinner
with Spike Lee and Jerry Rice, met Vince
Vaughn and Matthew Modine, had dinner
with Coach K. You name a major celebrity,
and they’re coming through the Garden at
some point.
Linsanity [Jeremy Lin’s hot streak
for the Knicks last year] was an amazing
stretch, too,” Batheja continues. “It’s just
an incredible experience to be around the
Garden and see how crazy it gets. And I’m
rubbing shoulders with CMOs of Fortune
500
companies. I don’t know that you get
this combination anywhere else.”
Batheja notes that his job isn’t all
fun and games, however: “With seven
properties in the company that I’m
negotiating branding for, the job is
intense – it’s really long hours and I’m
going a mile a minute.” Nor is he content
to rest on his laurels: Within the next
decade, Batheja has his sights set on a
presidency in sports entertainment,
perhaps of a pro sports team.
But for now, he’s thrilled to be exactly
where he is. “When I walk into work every
day, no matter how stressed I am, I look
up and see that ‘Madison Square Garden’
marquee and feel fortunate to be here,”
Batheja says. “I’ll never take it for granted.”