Fordham Law Honors Its Rising Stars

April 16, 2013

On April 10, Fordham Law held its annual Rising Star Awards, recognizing the achievements of alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years.

More than 60 alumni and friends gathered at a cocktail reception hosted by James E. Kellett ’88 at the offices of Crowley & Moring LLP to honor three graduates who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields.
 Daniel F.X. Geoghan '99

Daniel F.X. Geoghan '99 was this year’s Private Practice recipient. Upon graduating from Fordham Law, Geoghan joined Gibbons P.C. in Newark, New Jersey. In 2001, he accepted an associate position with Togut Segal & Segal LLP, where he served as debtor’s counsel in some of the largest bankruptcies in history, including Enron Corporation, Chrysler L.L.C., General Motors Corporation, and Delphi Corporation. In November 2010, he joined Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP as a Partner. Additionally, he has served the Law School as a member of the Fordham Law Strategic Planning Taskforce and as Chair of the Steering Committee for the Fordham Law Alumni Association Restructuring Affinity Group.

 Martha Heinze '98
The In-House and Business recipient, Martha Heinze '98, is Managing Director, Corporate and Investment Bank, for JPMorgan Chase Bank, where she has worked for 18 years. She leads the Network Service Management team, which is responsible for the performance management of the firm’s correspondent bank. She has also been involved in managing market research and the firm’s merger integration teams for Chase, Bank One, Bear Stearns, and WaMu.

As the Government, Public Interest, and Nonprofit recipient, the final honoree Sean K. O’Neill '98 has dedicated his career to the Foreign Service with
 Sean K. O’Neill '98
the U.S. Department of State. He joined the Foreign Service in 2002 and has served in five overseas postings, including Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Bangkok, where he oversaw key aspects of the United States’ bilateral alliance with Thailand and the increasing strategic focus on Southeast Asia. O’Neill also recently completed a one-year tour in Afghanistan, where he helped coordinate the work of the Provincial Reconstruction Teams, the United States’ civil-military units.

Fordham Law Dean Michael M. Martin delivered the opening and closing remarks.