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Brooklyn attorney Gregory LaSpina honored by Columbian Lawyers of Queens

December 23, 2015 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn attorney Gregory LaSpina was honored by the Columbian Lawyers Association of Queens earlier this month during its annual Christmas luncheon. Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese
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Brooklyn attorney Gregory M. LaSpina was honored by the Columbian Lawyers Association of Queens earlier this month during the group’s annual Christmas luncheon at Riccardo’s by the Bridge in Astoria on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The annual luncheon is the Queens Columbian Lawyers’ biggest event, and in past years it has honored some big names, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, then-Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and last year Appellate Division Judge Joseph J. Maltese was honored.

“I don’t know why they picked me, I guess it was my turn,” LaSpina joked. “It’s very humbling, particularly because of who has received the award before me. Scalia came many years ago to accept the award when he was first appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

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LaSpina is, of course, quite an accomplished lawyer himself. A graduate of Long Island University, C.W. Post and a graduate of Southwestern University School of Law, he passed the bar in 1982 and is currently a partner at Borchert & LaSpina, P.C. He is also a past president of the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn and the Columbian Lawyers Federation, which is comprised of about 10 counties.

LaSpina is very active in the Brooklyn legal community, but holds an office in Queens. This event brought together both worlds for the veteran attorney.

“The Brooklyn contingency was about four tables so that’s a nice presence,” LaSpina said. “It was nice to see all the Brooklyn and Queens judges together plus my family, my firm, RoseAnn Branda, Steven Bamundo and the others”

It’s no coincidence that the Columbian Lawyers of Brooklyn showed up in big numbers to the event, as the group is very proud of its past president.

“There is no one more deserving of the honor, which was bestowed upon my friend Greg LaSpina by the Queens Columbian Lawyers,” said RoseAnn C. Branda, president of the Brooklyn Columbian Lawyers. “His commitment and passion to the Columbian Lawyers statewide makes him a wonderful example of a leader of this wonderful organization. On top of all that, he is one of the nicest gentlemen I have met during my professional life.”

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