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Outgoing BRLA President Adam Kalish celebrated at sunset rooftop event

June 21, 2024 Robert Abruzzese, Courthouse Editor
Dominic Famulari (left) and Steven Chiaino (right) present outgoing BRLA President Adam Kalish with a plaque in recognition of his outstanding service. Eagle photos by Mario Belluomo
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The Bay Ridge Lawyers Association held its annual Dinner Dance at the Sunset Rooftop on the waterfront in Sunset Park on Thursday, June 20, to honor outgoing President Adam Kalish.

“The point tonight is to honor Adam and to give recognition of all of his great work as our president this past year,” said past President Dominic Famulari. “Adam is a well-respected member of the legal community. He’s a great attorney that handles both transactional work and litigation trial work, which is a rare breed these days because people either do one or the other.”

Famulari, in a lighthearted moment, added, “He’s only 40 years old, and we’re not going to talk about him planning to go running with the bulls. Just make sure your insurance is paid up.” 

Kalish attended the event with his wife, Megan, and their sons, Sebastian and Milo.

Adam Kalish and his wife Megan pose in front of the stunning NYC skyline at the BRLA annual Dinner Dance.
Adam Kalish and his wife Megan pose in front of the stunning NYC skyline at the BRLA annual Dinner Dance.

Kalish began attending the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association meetings when he lived in the neighborhood, and the BRLA held its monthly meetings at Hunter’s Steakhouse. 

“Once he joined the board, it was apparent that he would become president in short order,” Famulari said. “He’s a guy with a lot of innovative ideas, and more importantly, he actually comes up with solutions to implement those ideas. He’s not just a Monday morning quarterback; he actually gets results.” 

Famulari also noted Kalish’s success in attracting new members to the association.

During Kalish’s presidency, the BRLA held an installation for him that was the largest in the association’s history. The group regularly featured topical, informative and diverse CLE topics and presenters. The association also honored past President Lawrence DiGiovanna and introduced new events such as a wine tour, a fishing trip and a past president’s dinner.

“What a day, what a night, and this is a great venue,” Kalish said. “It is an honor to be president of this esteemed organization. The people around me, the board, the past presidents, whether it is 10 in the morning or 10 at night, there are legal questions that I can bounce off of people, get advice — it truly is a family. I see so much potential moving forward.”

Kalish highlighted the growth of the association, noting the addition of 15 new members. “It’s like a snowball right now with how great this organization can be,” he said.

Past President Steven Chiaino presented Kalish with a plaque and a medal acknowledging him as a past president. Pat Russo introduced representatives from local political offices who presented Kalish with citations, including those from Councilmember Justin Brannan’s office and State Senator Andrew Gounardes.

A representative from Councilmember Justin Brannan’s office presents Adam Kalish with a citation, honoring his contributions to the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association.
 A representative from Councilmember Justin Brannan’s office presents Adam Kalish with a citation, honoring his contributions to the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association.

Kalish is a sole practitioner with a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. in International Affairs, cum laude, from The George Washington University. Admitted to the New York Bar in 2010, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern District of New York and the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Kalish’s professional involvement includes the Brooklyn Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyers Project, New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He has served as a Brooklyn Bar Trustee. His honors include the BBA’s Distinguished Service Award, and his pro-bono work includes the Bankruptcy and Foreclosure VLP. Kalish is also a member of Phi Kappa Psi and co-chaired the Young Lawyers Brooklyn Bar Association.


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