The Executive Board




Hon. Jodi Orlow

CHAIRPERSON

Hon. Jodi Orlow was elected Judge of the Civil Court in 2009. In 2015 she was appointed as a Hybrid Acting Supreme Court Justice and in 2017 she was appointed Supervising Judge of the Civil Court, Queens County. She is on the Executive Board with the position of treasurer for the Board of Civil Court Judges. Prior to being elected a judge, she was a partner in the law firm of Orlow and Orlow, P.C. which handled litigation matters concentrating in Employment Law and Personal Injuries. She had 20 years of trial and litigation experience prior to taking the bench. Always active in professional associations, she was a past President, Treasurer and Recording Secretary of the Brandeis Association; former board member of the Women’s Queens Bar Association; former Chair of the Employment and Labor Law Committee of the NYS Women’s Bar Association; former Vice Chair of the Labor Relations Committee and present member of the Queens Bar Association. She is also active in her community. She created and coordinates a youth basketball program together with the JCCRP; was former Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Yeshiva of Belle Harbor; and was former board member of Temple Beth El of Rockaway Park. Judge Orlow holds a Juris Doctorate from St. John’s School of Law and a BS from SUNY at Albany.


Hon. Mojgan C. Lancman

PRESIDENT

Hon. Mojgan C. Lancman was elected as a Civil Court Judge in 2014 and took the bench in January 2015. She attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Queens College, City University of New York, from which she graduated in 1991. In June of 1994 she graduated from New York Law School and was admitted to the practice of law in New York State by the Appellate Division, Second Department in 1995. Judge Lancman was admitted to appear before the United States Supreme Court in May 2009. Immediately prior to taking the bench Judge Lancman served as a Court Attorney Referee in Supreme Court, Queens County. Previous to that, she served as the Principal Law Clerk to the Hon. Roger N. Rosengarten for nearly ten years, and as a Court Attorney to the Hon. Valerie Brathwaite-Nelson. Judge Lancman was a Court Representative for the New York City Comptroller's Office, as well as having worked in the private practice of law. Judge Lancman currently serves as a County Representative on the Board of Judges of the Civil Court of the City of New York. She is a proud resident of Queens County where she has been living since she emigrated from Iran as a child.


Bernard Vishnick

VICE PRESIDENT

Senior Partner of Vishnick McGovern Milizio’s Litigation Practice group, has over 40 years of experience in various areas of litigation, with specific expertise in Trusts and Estates. Mr. Vishnick is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association and the Queens County Bar Association, for which he serves as Vice Chair of the Grievance Committee, as a member of the Judiciary Committee and as Chair of the Unlawful Practice Committee. He is also a member of the New York State 11th Judicial District Qualification Commission , appointed by the presiding Justice of the Appellate Division for the Second Department, for those seeking positions of the judiciary. Mr. Vishnick is also a member of the Appellate Division Grievance Committee for the Second Department. He is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association Estates and Trusts Litigation Committee, the Flushing Lawyers Association, and Great Neck Lawyers Association. Mr. Vishnick serves as a Director of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County. Mr. Vishnick graduated from New York University and received his LLB from New York Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the Federal Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts, Tax Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States.


Hilary Gingold

VICE PRESIDENT

Hilary Gilgold is currently appointed to serve as part of NYS-OCA’s Excellence Initiative Program as Principal Court Attorney. Before her appointment in April of 2017, Hilary was employed from 2011 until 2017 as Principal Law Clerk in Supreme Court, Queens County, New York. Prior to entering the court system, Hilary worked for the Queens Volunteer Lawyers Project in Foreclosure Prevention, as well as maintained a private practice as a transactional attorney specializing in real estate and corporate matters. She is a proud alumna of St. John’s University School of Law as well as Adelphi University School of Social Work. In addition to her position with the Brandeis Association, Hilary is the current President of the Network of Bar Leaders, President-Elect for the Queens County Bar Association, delegate to the New York State Bar Association on behalf of the Queens County Bar Association, Board Member for Legal Services- NYC, current member and past board member of the Queens County Women’s Bar, member of the Jewish Lawyers Guild, the New York City Bar, New York Women’s Bar and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.


Warren Hecht

VICE PRESIDENT




Michael Kohan

VICE PRESIDENT

Michael Kohan is a graduate of Queens College with a BA in Political Science and dual minors in History and Psychology, where he advanced to the Dean's List every semester and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Michael went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree, Cum Laude, from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was a New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyer's Section Statewide Trial Team Champion. Michael is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey and California (voluntarily inactive in CA). He is also admitted in the Federal District Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the New Jersey Federal District Court. He has previously worked at one of Long Island's largest litigation firms. As the founding partner of Kohan Law Group, PC, a boutique civil litigation firm, Michael has vast experience litigating complex matters in the City of New York as well as in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties. Moreover, Michael volunteers his time, pro bono, by speaking monthly at a legal clinic in Queens, NY. Since 2015, Michael has also been a panelist on the Queens County Bar Association's annual CLE on real estate litigation and landlord-tenant law. Repeatedly named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, Michael has experience in many fields, involving both litigation and transactional matters, which has provided him with outstanding foresight and ability to isolate the primary issues in a matter. These skills have resulted in him being appointed as an arbitrator by the Nassau County Bar Association, where he regularly presides in the Queens County Civil Court as well as in the Nassau County District Court. Michael is also proud to teach a clinical skills course as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law. Additionally, Michael serves as a member of the Board of Managers of the Queens County Bar Association, Vice President of the Brandeis Association, Treasurer of the Network of Bar Leaders and Board of the Iranian American Bar Association, NY Chapter. Finally, Michael is the co-founder of the NYC Legal Referral Network (NYC LRN), which hosts regular events among prominent judges and attorneys in Manhattan and beyond and which has been prominently featured in the New York Law Journal.


Solomon Steiman

TREASURER




Jonathan Darche

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY

Jonathan Darche was appointed Executive Director of New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board in May 2017. Mr. Darche had been serving as Acting Executive Director since November 2016. He joined the agency in 2013 as the CCRB’s first Deputy Chief Prosecutor helping establish the Agency’s Administrative Prosecution Unit (APU)—the only division of its kind among the nation’s civilian police oversight entities. The APU prosecutes the most serious cases of police misconduct against members of the NYPD. Prior to joining the CCRB, Mr. Darche worked as an Assistant District Attorney at the Queens County District Attorney's Office. Darche began his career in public service working as a staffer for New York's Senior Senator Chuck Schumer. Mr. Darche is a graduate of Empire State College and received his law degree from the City University of New York School of Law. He is civically engaged and active in several organizations including the Queens County Brandeis Association, Astoria Center for Israel, and the United Community Civic Association. Mr. Darche lives in Astoria with his wife, Samantha, and their two-year-old son Moses.


Adam Orlow

RECORDING SECRETARY

A passionate runner, Adam takes great pride in having completed thirty marathons all of which he trained for on the streets and in the parks of Queens County where he has been a lifelong resident. Adam is an active member of the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates where he served on the Board and Chairs the shul’s Youth Committee. When not filling his busy schedule with many runs or volunteer commitments, Adam is an accomplished attorney with a private practice specializing in personal injury and civil rights cases. He is also a member of the Board of Managers of the Queens County Bar Association and serves as the secretary of the Brandeis Bar Association, a Jewish bar association for judges and attorneys in Queens County. Adam and his wife Rivky, are particularly committed to supporting Israel and helping those who are less fortunate. They support and are active with various tzedakah organizations including Chai Lifeline, Yeshiva Education for Special Students, and The One Israel Fund. Rivky's and Adam’s greatest pride and pleasures are expressed in the many accomplishments of their three wonderful children: David, 20, who attends the honors business program at the University of Maryland; Avi, 18, spending his gap year in Israel; and Shayna, 15, who is a sophomore at Yeshiva University High school.


Alla Allison Ageyeva

FINANCIAL SECRETARY




Hon. David Weprin

SERGEANT AT ARMS