NYSTLA Officers

President

Michele S. Mirman, Esq. a trial attorney and active member of the New York State Bar for over 42 years, is the founder and senior partner at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. Ms. Mirman was previously a Director, Vice President, and a Chair of the Women's Caucus of NYSTLA. She is a past President of the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, as well as being a Delegate to the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (“WBASNY”). As a member of WBASNY, Ms. Mirman served on the judiciary committee, which rated New York State Judicial candidates. She is also a member of American Association of Justice, the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Nathan Sobel Kings County Inns of Court, and the Brooklyn Brandeis Society, among other bar associations. 

 

Ms. Mirman had her first multi-million dollar verdict in 1985 on behalf of a woman assaulted and raped in her own house, as a result of the contractor’s failure to properly install the locks on her outside door. Ms. Mirman enjoys the highest ranking of 10 from Avvo, is a Super Lawyer, and a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  She is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Florida and Washington, D.C., as well as in the Federal Courts of New Jersey and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Ms. Mirman is committed to making a difference in her community. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, whose mission is to celebrate the history and achievements of our immigrant past. She is also a Trustee of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, which provides innovative programming for this essential green space. Ms. Mirman is a member of Allinbklyn, a community of women who make grants to non-profit organizations that strengthen Brooklyn, and is a longtime supporter of the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society, which established and runs preschools in underprivileged areas of Brooklyn, and the Making Headway Foundation, which raises money for research into brain cancer in children. As President and Vice President of the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, Ms. Mirman spearheaded the drive to raise money for the Safe Homes Project of Brooklyn to provide shelter and services for abused women and children. 

 

President-Elect

Edward A. Steinberg, Esq. has represented and assisted victims of significant personal injury and medical malpractice cases for the past twenty years. At Leav & Steinberg, LLP he has advocated for hundreds of clients and their families in their time of need, obtai

ning millions of dollars on their behalf. Countless successful results involved helping victims of negligence even after other attorneys in New York rejected the cases. After being admitted to the bar and practicing for some time at that firm, Mr. Steinberg met Mr. Leav and they formed what has grown to be one of the most aggressive, successful firms practicing negligence litigation in New York.

 

 

One of Mr. Steinberg's noteworthy achievements involved a woman who was gravely injured but the responsible party refused to compensate her for her injuries. The client ultimately recovered more money than was available in the defendant's insurance policy, making Mr. Steinberg one of the only attorneys in New York City to do so. He is one of the youngest members to serve on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association and the American Trial Lawyers Association. He has been counsel to the Brain Injury Society, a non-profit organization which helps those who suffer from traumatic brain injuries.

 

First Vice President

David A. Roth, Esq. is a founding Partner of Roth & Roth, LLP admitted in 1992 to the bars of  New York, New Jersey, US Eastern and Southern Districts of NY. Additionally, he has been admitted to try cases in the states of California and Virginia. He is a 1988 graduate of the Uni
versity of Buffalo. He earned his JD from Albany Law School in 1991. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and is active in lobbying efforts as well as participating in various Committee projects. He is also a member of the national trial lawyers association now known as the  American Association for Justice and is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association.  David Roth has lectured on topics from general personal injury practice to technology in the courtroom.


In the course of his involvement with the Trial Lawyers Association, David Roth has been able to fight not only for his clients' rights but the rights of all New Yorkers.

 
Second Vice President
Halina Radchenko, Esq. is an attorney in the law firm of Hach & Rose of New York City, New York. 
Halina Radchenko provides expertise in the area of motor vehicle car accidents as well as general negligence cases. Prior to joining Hach & Rose she maintained her own practice focusing on helping persons who were injured or killed due to the negligence of others. Halina is a proud member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Halina believes it is imperative for attorneys to become involved in government and politics because it is the duty of every lawyer to inform government of the stories they see and hear daily from their clients all in effort to improve upon existing laws.
 
Secretary

Catherine Stanton, Esq.is a senior partner at the firm of Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP and head of the firm’s workers’ compensation department.   The firm has been representing injured workers for over 80 years and focuses primarily on workers’ compensation and social security disability claims.

 

Nationally, Ms. Stanton is a past president and current Executive committee member of the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG), a non-profit membership organization dedicated to representing the interests of injured workers and their families.  She serves as the New York Delegate for the American Association for Justice, and is past chair of their Workers’ Compensation section.  She was also installed as a Fellow at the College of Workers’ Compensation in 2015 and is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).

 

Locally Ms. Stanton is a member of the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.  She is a past president of the Society of New York Workers Compensation’ Bar Association and a current member of the Injured Workers Bar Association (IWBA).  She is the incoming President of the Brehon Law Society of Nassau County, an organization focused on human rights and civil liberties violations principally in Northern Ireland.  Ms. Stanton is also on the Board of the EAC Network, a not for profit human service agency with 70 programs throughout Long Island and the New York metro area.   

 

Ms. Stanton serves as a director for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and has been a proud member of NYSTLA for over 25 years.    

 

Treasurer

Marea L. Wachsman, Esq. is a founding member and partner in Schreier & Wachsman, LLP.  She litigates many types of civil matters with a focus on representing seriously injured victims of medical malpractice and general negligence.  Ms. Wachsman also represents commercial litigants.  Ms. Wachsman is involved from inception to completion on matters accepted by the firm.

 

In addition to being a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and serving on its Executive Board for the past several years, Ms. Wachsman is the President of the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, Inc.  Ms. Wachsman is also on the Board of the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association and just finished a two year term as a Vice President. Ms. Wachsman is also a member of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York and is a Co-Chair of its Legislation Committee. For the past two years, Ms Wachsman has served on screening panels for the judiciary including the Court of Appeals.  

 

Ms. Wachsman graduated from The American University in 1992 and began her career as a licensed commercial real estate broker.  While working during the day as a paralegal Ms. Wachsman returned to school and received her J. D. from New York Law School in 2000 and graduated number twenty (20) in her class.

 

Deputy Treasurer
John D. Zaremba, Esq. is a founding member of  Zaremba Brown PLLC. Mr. Zaremba is a litigator who limits his practice to cases arising from construction accidents, catastrophic personal injury, consumer class action cases, trucking accidents, and medical malpractice. 
 
Mr. Zaremba has been recognized by his peers with his selection to Super Lawyers, has been featured multiple times in New York Magazine’s annual list of Top Personal Injury Litigators, as well as the New York Law Journal’s section on “Top Verdicts and Settlements” for each of the past six years, and has also been featured in the New Jersey Law Journal’s section for the top verdicts and settlements. Mr. Zaremba has been selected as one 
 
of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of New York by the National Trial Lawyers Organization, and selected for the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40. 
 
Mr. Zaremba teaches the litigation of construction site accidents, chairing a CLE course for the NYSTLI and is also a published author, having had articles featured in the New York Law Journal and the Legal Intelligencer. Mr. Zaremba has also sat on the Court of Appeals Judicial Screening Panel for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
Parliamentarian

Judd F. Kleeger, Esq. represents clients who need help securing their rightful compensation and benefits after suffering a catastrophic injury or loss caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another party. Mr. Kleeger devotes his time and resources to protect his client’s rights and entitlements while delivering the personalized, compassionate support they deserve. Through his efforts, Mr. Kleeger has recovered millions of dollars in jury verdict awards and settlements on behalf of those he serves.

 

After attending Boston University, Mr. Kleeger obtained a J.D. from the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.  He retains bar admissions in New York, New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of New York, the U.S. District Court for the District Of New Jersey.  He is a member of the Leaders Forum and an Eagle PAC member of the American Association For Justice.  He has been selected to Super Lawyers every year since 2013, and was also selected as a top 100 attorney in the NY Metro area in 2015 and 2017.  In addition, Mr. Kleeger is a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. 
 

As a founding partner of Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., Judd F. Kleeger focuses his legal practice on personal injury and wrongful death claims involving work related and motor vehicle accidents, premises negligence, and defective drugs and medical devices.  Mr. Kleeger leads the law firm’s litigation department with regard to class action and mass tort cases involving Transvaginal Mesh lawsuits and Roundup weed killer lawsuits.  Additionally, Mr. Kleeger represents clients in civil rights matters.

 
Immediate Past President
David M. Oddo, Esq. is a Partner and Senior Trial Attorney at Okun, Oddo & Babat, P.C. He concentrates his practice in the areas of medical malpractice, products liability and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has dedicated his career to representing people whose lives have been devastated by the negligent and reckless acts of others.

 

As an Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office (1989-1993), Mr. Oddo fought for crime victims in his prosecution of serious criminal cases. He then brought his passion for justice, as well as his vast trial experience, to private practice, concentrating his practice in the litigation and trial of complex civil cases. Mr. Oddo believes strongly that his practice has a larger purpose, to fight for improvements in medical care and consumer safety. He takes great pride in knowing that several of his cases have had a direct impact on improving patient safety in NY area hospitals.

 

Mr. Oddo serves as a Dean for the NY State Trial Lawyers Institute (NYSTLI) and has been a frequent lecturer on Medical Malpractice topics and trial practice, as well as on the use of biomechanical experts at trial and proving economic damages in wrongful death cases. He recently lectured at the popular CLE programs Boot Camp for Trial Lawyers and Trying Medical Malpractice Cases.

 

He has earned the distinction of being a Fellow, of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows is an honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

 

Mr. Oddo was named to City and State Magazine’s 50 over 50, honoring 50 leaders who have distinguished themselves by helping New York in civic affairs. He was recognized for his influence in making important contributions to our city and state.

 

Mr. Oddo received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York, College at Cortland in 1986.  He obtained his Juris Doctorate at the Jacob D. Fushberg Law Center at Touro College (1989), where he was an Editor of the Touro Law Review (1988-1989).  He was admitted to the New York State and Connecticut Bar in 1990 and is also admitted in the United States District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York (1993). In May 2016, Mr. Oddo was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court