The Executive Board

Hon. Mojgan Lancman

Hon. Mojgan C. Lancman

Chairperson

Hon. Mojgan Cohanim Lancman is a judge of the Supreme Court, Queens County. Judge Lancman served as President of the Brandeis Association from 2017-2019 and served as a vice-president for a number of years prior thereto. Judge Lancman 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.

Michael Kohan

Michael Kohan

President

Michael Kohan is a graduate of Queens College with a BA in Political Science and dual minors in History and Psychology, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Michael went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was a New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyer's Section Statewide Trial Team Champion. As part of his studies, Michael was a student of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Michael is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and California (voluntarily inactive in CA). He is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court, Federal District Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the New Jersey Federal District Court. Prior to founding Kohan Law Group, Michael worked at one of Long Island's largest litigation firms. In 2018, the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, appointed Michael to the Court’s Committees on Character and Fitness, in which he continues to proudly serve. As the founding partner of Kohan Law Group, PC, a boutique, civil litigation firm, Michael has significant experience litigating complex civil litigation matters from inception through trial or settlement. Repeatedly named “Super Lawyer” 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 Nassau County District Court as well as in the New York City Civil Court. Michael is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School where he has taught trial and litigation skills courses. Additionally, Michael serves as a member of the Board of Managers of the Queens County Bar Association and Iranian American Bar Association, President of the Brandeis Association, Treasurer of the Network of Bar Leaders, and member of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. In his free time, Michael enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and burning those calories playing ultimate frisbee and golf.

Hon. Gia Morris

Hon. Gia Morris

1st Vice President

Hon. Gia Morris currently sits in Queens County Supreme Court, Criminal Term, as an Acting Supreme Court Justice. Judge Morris was appointed as an Interim Civil Court Judge in September 2011, and was subsequently appointed a Criminal Court Judge in January 2013. Judge Morris started her judicial career in Bronx Criminal Court, before being transferred to Queens County. She is a graduate of Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communication, and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of law. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Morris spent the majority of her career working for several City and State agencies tasked with investigating and prosecuting public corruption. Judge Morris was also an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County, and worked in private practice handling commercial litigation matters. Judge Morris was admitted to practice law in New York State by the Appellate Division, First Department in 1996, and is also admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey, as well as the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey.

Bernard Vishnick

Bernard Vishnick

Vice President

Mr. Vishnick is a Senior Partner of Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP’s Litigation Practice. He has over 50 years of experience in various areas of litigation, with a specific concentration 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. He is a former longtime member of the Grievance Committee for the Second Judicial Department. 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.

Hon. David Kirschner

Hon. David J. Kirschner

Vice President

Hon. David J. Kirschner is a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court in Queens County, Criminal Term, and previously served as a Judge of the New York City Criminal Court in both Bronx and Queens Counties. Prior to the bench, Justice Kirschner was a Principal Law Clerk to two New York State Supreme Court Justices. Before that, he was a senior assistant district attorney in New York City, a criminal defense attorney, and frequently writes and speaks on issues of criminal law and procedure for the bench and bar on topics including search and seizure, electronic surveillance, and bail reform. Justice Kirschner is secretary of the Queens County Supreme Court Justices’ Association, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law with the City University of New York at Queens College, and has served as director of the high school mock trial program at both the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Mesivta Ateres Yaakov. He is also president of the Jewish Community Baseball League of Queens and Long Island and an international director of the Alpha Epsilon Pi International Fraternity. Prior to his appointment, Justice Kirschner served as a director of the Association of Law Secretaries to Justices of the Supreme and Surrogate Courts, co-president of the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association, director of the Queens County Jewish Community Council, and served on the advisory boards of the Queens District Attorney’s Jewish Community Advisory Council, and the Jewish Child Care Association’s Kew Gardens Hills Youth Center. David earned his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University (1989) and Bachelor of Science with Honors from Florida State University (1985).

Alla Ageyeva

Alla Allison Ageyeva

Vice President

Alla Allison Ageyeva is a Principal Law Clerk for the Honorable Darrell L. Gavrin in Supreme Court, Queens County. Ms. Ageyeva joined Brandeis Association during the 2013/2014 term and has risen through the ranks - joining the Board and holding several positions on the Executive Board prior to becoming Vice President. Born in Belarus (former USSR), Ms. Ageyeva emigrated to the United States of America with her family at the tender age of nine and settled in Queens, where she grew up. Fleeing antisemitism, Ms. Ageyeva is proud of her Jewish heritage and culture. Ms. Ageyeva is active in multiple other bar associations. She serves on the Executive Board of the Queens County Women's Bar Association and on the Board of Managers of the Queens County Bar Association. Ms. Ageyeva received her J.D. from CUNY School of Law in 2005. She is a dedicated supporter of law students and newer attorneys, and with providing them access to the benefits of bar association membership and involvement. Prior to joining the court system, Ms. Ageyeva was an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County District Attorney's Office for nearly a decade, where she prosecuted a multitude of cases at different stages, including at the appellate level. She has argued before the New York Court of Appeals, Eastern District of New York, Second Curcuit Court of Appeals, and on many an occasion, Appellate Division - Second Department.

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Heidi Muckler

Treasurer

Heidi F. Muckler is a certified public account specializing in business valuations for matrimonial litigation, commercial litigation, and estate planning. She also specializes in forensic accounting, fraud investigations, and damage calculations. Ms. Muckler has lectured extensively on valuations and forensic accounting for various organizations. She has been an expert witness in New York State Supreme Courts, Federal Courts in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the American Arbitration Association. Additionally, she is often appointed as a neutral appraiser by various courts in New York State. 
Ms. Muckler is an Accredited Business Valuator and Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is a Certified Valuation Analyst by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, and she is a Certified Fraud Examiner by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. 
Additionally, Ms. Muckler has been called on to lecture on valuation topics for the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Women's Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Queens County Women's Bar Association, Westchester Women's Bar Association Matrimonial Committee, Nassau County Women's Bar Association Matrimonial Committee,  New York City Women's Bar Association Matrimonial Committee, Richmond County Bar Association, and conducted various lectures for the National Business Institute, Pace University School of Law, United Jewish Appeal, Estate Planning Council of Rockland & Suffolk Countries, Divorce Financial Planning Network and financial planning organizations., as well as having lectured on fraud & forensic accounting for various groups. Ms. Muckler has published articles on Business Valuation and is trained in collaborative law and mediation. 
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Management from New York University and holds a Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University. She volunteers as President of the Board at The Brandeis School in Lawrence, NY, where she has also served as Vice-President and Treasurer.

Elisabeth Forspan

Elizabeth Forspan

Recording Secretary

Managing Attorney at Leading Elder Law and Estate Planning Firm Frequent Lecturer on Elder Law & Estate Planning Across the United States to Accountants, Private Wealth Professionals and Individuals Named Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for the Last Four Consecutive Years Worked at “Big Four” International Accounting Firm EDUCATION JD from Fordham University School of Law BA from Queens College of the City University of New York, Summa Cum Laude

Bradley Siegel

Bradley Siegel

Corresponding Secretary

Mr. Siegel founded the Siegel Law Firm, P.C. 2007. The firm focuses on commercial litigation, real estate, and business transactions, and landlord-tenant issues. Mr. Siegel is a board member of the Jewish National Fund for lawyers. Mr. Siegel serves on the board of Life’s Angels, a 501 (c) 3 charity corporation. Mr. Siegel serves on the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) Speaker’s Bureau. Mr. Siegel volunteers in the Superstars Basketball Program for children who have special needs. Mr. Siegel volunteers in the Volunteer Lawyers Project for Nassau Suffolk Law Services. Mr. Siegel received a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1987 and a B.S. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is admitted to practice in New York.

Avrohom Gefen

Avrohom Gefen

Financial Secretary

Avrohom Gefen heads Vishnick McGovern Milizio’s Employment Law and Commercial Litigation practices and is a key member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice.

Mr. Gefen focuses on commercial and employment litigation, with extensive litigation experience representing businesses and individuals in a wide array of matters before federal and state courts and administrative tribunals. These include the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Labor Department, New York State Labor Department, New York State Commission on Human Rights, and New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Mr. Gefen also advises employers on a variety of topics, including drafting and revising employee handbooks, personnel policies, employee discipline, offers of employment, separation agreements, termination decisions, and compliance with federal, state and local statutes including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Mr. Gefen has extensively written about and been interviewed in the press on business and employment matters, including Bloomberg Law, Law 360, News 12 New York, News 12 New Jersey, Newsday, Long Island Business News, Long Island Business, Longisland.com, Queens Bar Bulletin, and Nassau lawyer.

Hon. David Weprin

Hon. David Weprin

Sergeant at Arms

Assembly Member David Weprin, elected to the Assembly in a Special Election on February 9, 2010, has devoted his life to public service and making government more responsive, efficient, and accountable. Weprin represents the 24th Assembly District in Queens, the same district represented by his father, the late Assembly Speaker Saul Weprin, for 23 years and his brother Mark Weprin, for over 15 years. In 2017, Weprin was named Chair of the Assembly Committee of Correction. Prior to serving as the Chair of Committee on Correction, Weprin served as Chair of the Assembly Task Force on People with Disabilities from 2014 – 2016. Weprin was also named Co-President of the National Association of Jewish Legislators in January 2017.

Born in Queens on May 2, 1956, to Saul and Sylvia Weprin, Weprin has lived in the Hollis-Jamaica area his entire life. He is a graduate of Jamaica High School, SUNY at Albany, with a cum laude degree in Political Science, and a law degree from Hofstra University.

Weprin occupied a variety of leadership positions with major financial services firms from 1987 until his election to the Council. He was elected by his peers to serve as Chairman of the Securities Industry Association, for the New York District, for three years.

Weprin's organizational affiliations include or have included Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council, Queens Jewish Community Council, Transitional Services for NY, National Conference of Community & Justice, Respect for Law Alliance, National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education, Greater Jamaica Development Corp., Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, American Jewish Congress, Holliswood Civic Association, Economic Education Foundation of the Securities Industry Association and the Brandeis Association.

Weprin lives with his wife Ronni in Holliswood. They are the proud parents of five children.