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For Immediate Release
Contact: Melinda M. Bascone
Director of Marketing
Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP


NEW YORK, February 18, 2010 – Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP ( is pleased to announce that John R. Casolaro and Christine A. Fazio have been elected partners and Karen T. Schiele has been elected Counsel effective January 1, 2010.

“Christine, Karen and John have all contributed substantially to the firm,” said Carter Ledyard’s Managing Partner, Judith A. Lockhart. “We are pleased to recognize their outstanding work and look forward to the contributions they will continue to make for our firm and clients.”

John R. Casolaro is a member of the Litigation and Real Estate Departments. He has extensive experience advising clients on exercise of the eminent domain power, including project planning, retention and consultation with real property and fixture appraisers, defense of public authorities in federal and state courts in connection with their exercise of the eminent domain power, real property valuation proceedings, appellate practice, construction contract preparation, litigation and arbitration. John received his B.C.E. cum laude from The Cooper Union in 1974. He received his J.D. cum laude from Syracuse University in 1977 where he was Editor of the Syracuse Law Review. John was formerly counsel at the firm. 

Christine A. Fazio is Co-Director of the Environmental Practice Group and a member of the Litigation Department. She has substantial experience with environmental impact analyses, project permitting and administrative proceedings, land use, corporate compliance, environmental audits, maritime and energy law. She is an adjunct professor of Land Use Law at Fordham University School of Law and has published numerous articles on environmental issues. She previously worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2, and was also an Environmental Forestry Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Christine received her B.A. from University of Rochester, magna cum laude, in 1987. She received her M.P.A. in 1993 from New York University. In 2000 she received her J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law. Christine was formerly counsel at the firm. 

Karen T. Schiele is a member of the Trusts and Estates Department. She advises a number of high wealth individuals, trustees and non-profit organizations with respect to wealth transfer, tax planning and administration. She has served as Secretary of the Estate and Gift Taxation Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Secretary since 2007. Karen graduated magna cum laude in economics from Harvard University with an A.B. in 1995. She received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 2000 as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Karen received her L.L.M. in 2006 from New York University. Karen was formerly an associate at the firm.

Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP (, established in 1854, has approximately 90 attorneys and has been headquartered on Wall Street since its founding. Carter Ledyard's general practice includes corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, broker-dealer, on-shore and off-shore hedge and other alternative investment funds, private equity, litigation, intellectual property, environmental, employment, media and technology, immigration, investment regulation, antitrust, art law, trusts and estates, maritime, ERISA, tax-exempt organizations, real estate, tax and bankruptcy. A significant part of the firm's practice involves representing overseas-based clients and their U.S. affiliates, financial institutions and other financial services providers, governmental entities and media and technology clients.

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