Bronx County Bar Association


Michael Marinaccio, 60

Partner with Culleton & Marinaccio in White Plains, concentrating on civil and criminal litigation. He received his law degree in 1976 from St. John’s University School of Law and was admitted to the New York bar in 1977.

His goals for the 1,000-member organization are to continue fighting efforts to change the indigent defendant defense system and to help develop ways to make the system more accessible to those who need free legal services.

Marinaccio will be installed in September.

Other officers: Steven Baker, first vice president; Sam Braverman, second vice president; Lester Rodrigues, secretary; William Peterman, treasurer; and Corey Sokoler, financial secretary.


Brooklyn Bar Association


Domenick Napoletano, 58

A solo practitioner who focuses on real estate transactions, dispute resolution, family law and estate document preparation. He graduate from Hofstra University School of Law in 1980 and was admitted to the bar the following year.

His goals for the 2,000-member organization include making the group more inclusive by planning collaborative events with specialty bar groups, including the Metropolitan Black Bar, to help increase membership. Napoletano also wants to work with the organization’s young lawyers section to enhance the association’s appeal to recently admitted attorneys.

He will be installed on June 7.

Other officers: Andrew Fallek, president-elect; Rebecca Woodland, first vice president; Arthur Aidala, second vice president; Frank Seddio, secretary; and Aimee Richter, treasurer.


Queens County Bar Association


Joseph Risi, 55

Founder of Risi & Associates in Long Island City, specializing in commercial litigation, trusts and estates, real property, and personal injury matters. He was admitted to the bar in 1983, the year after graduating from Widener Law.

Risi’s goals for the 2,000-member organization are to offer new services, research tools, job placement and educational training to make legal practice easier and more profitable, especially for solo and small firm practitioners. He will also work to facilitate interactions between members and the bench and to provide public outreach and education programs about legal practice and the judicial system.

He was installed May 3.

Other officers: Joseph Defelice, president-elect; Joseph Carola III, vice president; Jennifer Gilroy-Ruiz, secretary; and Paul Kerson, treasurer.


Richmond County Bar Association


Thomas Sipp, 39

Partner with The Sipp Law Firm on Staten Island, where he handles guardianship proceedings, Article 9 mental hygiene law proceedings and estate administration and litigation. A 1998 graduate of New York Law School, he was admitted to the bar the following year.

Sipp’s goals for the 500-member organization include promoting its Volunteer Lawyers’ Project and Student Internship Program and creating financial stability for the group.

He will be installed on June 21.

Other officers: Thomas Hall, president-elect; Christopher Fitzpatrick, vice president; and Daniel Marotta, secretary. The election for treasurer will be held June 5.