Three Business Leaders, Alums Named to Touro Law Board of Governors

September 23, 2022

Dean Elena B. Langan is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to the Touro Law Center Board of Governors: Patricia Marcin Esq,’85, Marjorie Mesidor, Esq.’04, and Christopher Shishko, Esq.’10.

“Patricia, Marjorie, and Christopher are leaders in their respective fields. I am confident that their experience and dedication to serve will benefit the Touro Law community and I am excited to have them join us as Board members,” stated Dean Langan.  

The Touro Law Center Board of Governors is a group of distinguished individuals who are dedicated to supporting the growth of the Law Center. The Board consists of more than 40 lawyers and non-lawyers who are regional and national leaders in the legal, business, philanthropic and academic communities.

Patricia Marcin is a partner at Rivkin Radler, LLP. She concentrates her work in personal, family and business planning. Her practice includes the preparation of wills, trusts and other estate planning documents and all phases of estate administration, including the analysis and review of estate and fiduciary income tax issues and administrative and legal issues in each estate. She has authored articles on various estate planning and trust and estate administration topics, and writes a monthly column called Wills, Trusts & Estates: Plain & Simple for Stroll Lloyd Harbor, a monthly magazine for Lloyd Harbor residents. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences about tax and legal issues in estate planning and estate administration, including for the New York State Society of CPAs and the New York State Bar Association. Super Lawyers named Marcin a Top Rated Estate Planning and Probate Attorney from 2012 to 2021. She has been named to Best Lawyers in America® for Trusts and Estates for 2022 and 2023. A Trustee of the Board of Directors at Northwell Health’s Huntington Hospital, Marcin is also the Chair of the Long Island Community Foundation Board and a member of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Corporate Advisory Board. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her JD from Touro Law.

Marjorie Mesidor is a partner at Phillips & Associates. She is recognized for her outstanding service to clients who have been subjected to sexual harassment or discrimination based on race, gender, disability, and other protected characteristics. Mesidor regularly prosecutes employment actions against Fortune 500 companies and smaller organizations accused of discrimination including claims of sexual misconduct. She has had overwhelming success in achieving significant awards and settlements for her clients. Mesidor rose to notoriety in 2013 when she procured a unanimous jury award in Johnson v. STRIVE, a landmark case decidedly settling the issue of whether those of the same race can discriminate against one another. In addition, her work against the disparate impact of "poor door" policies on rent stabilized tenants has earned her recognition by the Office of the Public Advocate. Her most recent verdict of $2.31 Million dollars was awarded in Sooroojballie v. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in September 2018 for a race and national origin based hostile work environment claim. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Franklin University Switzerland and her J.D. from Touro Law.

Christopher Shishko is a partner at Guercio & Guercio, LLP. His areas of concentration are in Education Law, Municipal Law, General Counsel & Compliance, Labor & Employment Law, Construction Law, and Litigation. Shishko regularly advises municipal clients on the legal implications of various financial matters including the application of the tax cap, the impact of payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOTS) on school district budgeting procedures, the effect of tax certiorari proceedings, and the interpretation of various statutes that affect municipal finances. In addition, he advises clients with regard to legal compliance in procurement practices, competitive bidding, and awarding contracts under the General Municipal Law. Shishko also regularly presents to school boards, administrators, school employees, and outside practitioners on education-related legal compliance. Shishko receieved his B.A. from Stony Brook University and J.D. from Touro Law Center, where he graduated summa cum laude, was Salutatorian of the class of 2010 and was a member of Touro Law Review. He also serves as a village prosecutor in the Village of Malverne where he resides.

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Patti Desrochers
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pattid@tourolaw.edu
(631) 761-7062

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