Announcing New Association and Foundation Board Members

The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL) is pleased to announce new members on its Association and Foundation Boards.  First, two new members were elected to the 2017 Association Board in October.

Kristen Prata Browde is a solo practitioner with a focus in divorce and family law, based in Westchester County, New York.  She is a 2000 graduate of Fordham University School of Law.  For the first three decades of her career, and prior to coming out as transgender, Kristen was a television news anchor and reporter, most recently at CBS News in New York, and before that at WNBC TV.  She was the Supreme Court correspondent at CNN when the network was started.  Kristen is a founder of the Facebook Transgender Bar Association and serves as a Trustee on the AFTRA Pension Fund.  She is also the Secretary of the Town of New Castle, New York Board of Ethics and serves on both the town's Diversity Committee and on the Chappaqua Central School District's Financial Advisory Committee.

Cameron Smith is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's New York office.  His practice focuses on representing management in complex employment litigation and arbitration, and includes the defense of class, collective, and multi-plaintiff actions arising under the ADEA, Title VII, FLSA, ADA, and all manner of state and local statutes affecting employers.  In 2015, Cameron was named one of the "Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40" by the National LGBT Bar Association. He is also a member of the firm's New York Diversity Action Team and actively participates in pro bono work.  Cameron additionally volunteers for Lambda Legal as a member of its Young Leadership Council.

The Association Board also appointed two new members to the 2017 Foundation Board at its December board meeting.

Edward E. Augustine is a solo practitioner with practice areas in transactional residential real estate and estate planning.  Previously, Edward was an associate at Weiss, Buell & Bell.  He served on the LeGaL Association Board from 2012 to 2016.  Edward served on the New York City Bar Association's LGBT Rights Committee from 2006 to 2010 and the Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals from 2010 to 2013.  He received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law - Newark, his M.A. from New York University, and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.  At Rutgers University School of Law, Edward received summer fellowships at the ACLU - NJ and Lambda Legal Defense & Education Foundation, Inc., in New York City.

Matthew Putorti is a commercial litigation and insurance recovery associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman where he also serves on the Pro Bono, Summer, and Hiring Committees.  The National LGBT Bar Association named him as one of the 40 best LGBT attorneys under 40 in 2016.  Previously, he was a member of the International Human Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association and president of Stonewall Quarter Share, the young donors giving circle of the Stonewall Community Foundation.  Matt graduated from Boston College in 2006 and Fordham University School of Law in 2011.

Finally, we also wish to thank Carlene Jadusingh and Charles McFaul for many years of dedicated service on our Boards, and Meredith R. Miller for her steadfast leadership as our President the last two years.