PRESIDENTS

Hon. Janet DiFiore
Hon. Janet DiFiore
Honorary President

About Hon. Janet DiFiore

Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and of the State of New York, was born in Mount Vernon, New York.

She graduated from C.W. Post College, Long Island University (B.A. 1977) and from St. John’s University School of Law (J.D. 1981). She was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 1982. Chief Judge DiFiore served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office from 1981-1987, and from 1994-1998 as Chief of the Office’s Narcotics Bureau. From 1987-1993, Chief Judge DiFiore practiced law with the firm of Goodrich & Bendish. In 1998, she was elected a Judge of the Westchester County Court, presiding over criminal and civil matters and sitting by designation in the Family Court, Surrogate’s Court and Supreme Court. She served as a County Court Judge until 2002, when she was elected a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court.

As a Supreme Court Justice, she served as Supervising Judge of the Criminal Courts of the 9th Judicial District. In 2005, Chief Judge DiFiore resigned from the bench and was elected Westchester County District Attorney. She served in this position from 2006-2016. On December 1, 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated her to the position of Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and the State of New York. On January 21, 2016, her nomination was confirmed by the New York State Senate.

Chief Judge DiFiore lives in Bronxville, NY with her husband Dennis E. Glazer. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Hon. Marguerite Grays
Hon. Marguerite A. Grays
Co-President

About Hon. Marguerite A. Grays

In November 2000, Justice Marguerite A. Grays was elected Judge of the New York City Civil Court, Queens County. She served in that capacity until her election in November 2002 to the New York State Supreme Court, Queens County, where she presently sits. In the Fall of 2005, Justice Grays was selected as one of the first two Justices to preside over the Queens County Commercial Division. Justice Grays is the Presiding Justice of the Queens County Commercial Division, and the former Presiding Justice of the Queens County Residential Foreclosure Part. In 2015, she was appointed as the Deputy Administrative Judge for Civil Matters, Eleventh Judicial District. In 2020, Justice Grays was appointed as Administrative Judge for Civil Matters, Eleventh Judicial District.

Justice Grays serves on various committees and has held numerous officer positions, including: Chairperson of the Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts of the Queens Supreme Court, Civil Term; Immediate Past President of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ); and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the Queens County Women’s Bar Association (QCWBA). She has also held the position of Past President and Board of Director of the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA).

Justice Grays honors include the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) Judith S. Kaye Access to Justice Award, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra Distinguished Alumni on the Bench Award and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Law Day Alumni Honoree Award.

Justice Grays is a member of Queens County Women’s Bar Association, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Queens County Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges, the National Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

Justice Grays is a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Hofstra University School of Law.

Virginia Trunkes
Virginia K. Trunkes
Co-President

About Virginia K. Trunkes

Virginia K. Trunkes is a partner in the New York office of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP and is a member of its Construction Practice Group. Ms. Trunkes represents property owners, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals in negotiating their construction and design services contracts, in navigating and overcoming the obstacles inherent in construction projects and, if necessary, in fiercely advocating on her clients’ behalf in state and federal court.

Ms. Trunkes has been an active JALBCA Board member since 2015, motivated by the impact of breast cancer on her mother following her diagnosis at age 33. Ms. Trunkes witnessed first-hand the devastating emotional toll that the disease, surgery, treatment and post-recovery maintenance can take on the directly-afflicted and their families and caregivers. She has served on JALBCA’s Executive Committee as a Vice President. During her JALBCA tenure, Ms. Trunkes has co-developed JALBCA’s educational programs and symposia focusing on scientific advances as well as legal implications. As a member of JALBCA’s Grants Committee, she has reviewed and recommended approval of grant applications from non-profit organizations providing free legal services to those managing a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. As Co-Chair of JALBCA’s Membership Committee, Ms. Trunkes has also worked zealously to better define the value of JALBCA membership and the benefits it offers to its community, in an attempt to broaden JALBCA’s reach and create a greater impact.

Ms. Trunkes previously served on the Board of the National Alliance for Mental Illness-NYC, during which time she also served as Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Mental Health Law Committee. And throughout her career, Ms. Trunkes has been an active member of local and national bar associations focusing on the construction industry, small businesses, land development and public policies.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Fanni Koszeg, Executive Director
Fanni Koszeg

About Fanni Koszeg

Before joining JALBCA as Executive Director in September 2022, Fanni Koszeg practiced corporate and securities law at several prestigious law firms in London and New York and served on the US Senate’s temporary bi-partisan Congressional Oversight Panel overseeing the bank bailout following the 2008 financial crisis. She has worked as a reporter and legal analyst for Bloomberg and continues to work as an attorney helping start-up companies launch their businesses.

Throughout her career, Fanni has maintained an active pro bono practice primarily focusing on women’s issues and immigration law. Fanni is an active member of the New York City Bar Association’s Immigration Law Committee and has successfully represented female asylum-seekers fleeing violence and persecution. Having been personally touched by cancer amongst her family and friends, she is deeply committed to JALBCA’s mission.

Fanni lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her teenage son. She grew up in Budapest, Hungary, graduated from Harvard Law School and is a member of the New York State Bar. She is trilingual in English, Hungarian and French and speaks fluent German and Spanish.

Contact Info:
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O:(212) 289-9720
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