Intertwined

THE DEANGELUS GORALCZYK TEAM

Karen L. DeAngelus, ESQ.

PARTNER

ABOUT

Karen is a partner and founding member of DeAngelus Goralczyk, PLLC.  For 20 years she has devoted her law practice to representing lenders.  Karen co-founded the firm of Herkenham & DeAngelus in 2004.  In 2009, she started her own boutique firm.  The Law Office of Karen DeAngelus saw steady success, and eventually grew into DeAngelus Goralczyk, PLLC.  Karen draws upon her formal training in alternative conflict resolution (e.g., negotiation, mediation, arbitration), her early years in construction litigation, and her many years of transactional experience to guide her clients efficiently through complex transactions.

EDUCATION

  • Willamette University College of Law, Juris Doctor

  • Willamette University College of Law, Center for Dispute Resolution, Certificate in Dispute Resolution 

  • University of Rhode Island, Bachelor of Arts, Marine Affairs - Minor, Environment Management 

BAR ADMISSIONS 

  • New York 

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Jacqueline N. Goralczyk, ESQ., LL.M

PARTNER

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ABOUT

Jacqueline is a partner and founding member at DeAngelus Goralczyk, PLLC.  She leads the firms practice groups in the areas of Incident Response & Data Breaches, Data Security & Privacy Compliance.  Jacqueline uses the interplay between financial services and Data Security to help corporate clients navigate the complex and sometimes cumbersome requirements under Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), New York's SHIELD Act, NYS DFS 500, PCI/DSS laws and other existing and emerging cybersecurity and data privacy laws.  Jacqueline has an LL.M. in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy from Albany Law School where she is also an instructor in their Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Masters and LL.M. program. 

 

EDUCATION

  • Albany Law School of Union University LL.M. Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

  • Albany Law School of Union University, Juris Doctor - Concentration in Business Law

  • Plattsburgh State University, Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice and Sociology

 

BAR ADMISSIONS 

  • New York

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

  • Albany InfraGard 

  • American Bar Association

  • New York Mortgage Bankers Association - Board Member

ABOUT

Edward serves as a partner in the firm.  He is a tenured attorney with in the industry and has been with DeAngelus Goralczyk since the firm’s inception.  Edward has contributed greatly to the firm’s success and growth.  With almost a decade of experience within the lending services and title industry, evidenced by his ability to consistently exceed the expectations of his clients and garner the respect of his colleagues and industry peers.  Edward is active within the community and serves as a Board member for Rebuilding Together Saratoga County - a non-profit focused on repairing homes, revitalizing communities and rebuilding lives. 

EDUCATION

  • Albany Law School of Union University, Juris Doctor

  • Utica College of Syracuse University, Bachelor of Science

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • New York

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • New York State Bar Association

  • Rebuilding Together Saratoga County Board of Directors

Edward R. Hitti, ESQ.
PARTNER

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Rebecca A. Borden, ESQ.
CORPORATE LAW PRACTICE CHAIR

ABOUT

In addition to focusing her practice in the areas of corporate law and commercial lender services. Rebecca also has extensive experience representing lenders, investors, guarantors, local banks, title companies and title underwriters on a national level in all aspects of lending, including title curative work and loss mitigation, foreclosure alternatives.  Rebecca is also a licensed title agent in Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia.

 

EDUCATION

  • Northeastern University School of Law, Juris Doctor

  • Skidmore College, Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) 

 

BAR ADMISSIONS 

  • New York

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • Pennsylvania

  • Vermont

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Bar Association

  • New York State Bar Association

Michael W. Schafer, ESQ.
TRUSTS & ESTATES PRACTICE CHAIR 

ABOUT​

Michael actively practices in both New York and Florida in the areas of Estate Planning & Administration, Wills & Trusts, Creation of Business Entities, Contract review, Title insurance, Loan settlements, Landlord tenant disputes and Lending  Services. Michael is a licensed Real Estate Broker in New York and is an instructor through out New York and Florida. 

EDUCATION

  • Albany Law School of Union University, Juris Doctor

  • State University of New York at Albany, Bachelor of Arts - Political Science

BAR ADMISSIONS 

  • New York 

  • Florida

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Florida Bar Association

  • Saratoga County Bar Association 

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David M. Troiano, ESQ. 
ATTORNEY

ABOUT

David was promoted to an Associate Attorney after working for the firm as a law clerk assisting in all practice areas of the firm.   A graduate of Siena College, he earned his Juris Doctor with Pro Bono Honors from Albany Law School of Union University.  David graduated a semester early, while being an active member of the Community Economic Development Clinic which provided legal services to both, non-profit and for-profit entities.  He was actively involved in several pro bono events providing legal services to various groups throughout the community including Senior Citizen’s Law Day, and Veterans Law Day.  David proudly served as the Co-Director of the Veterans Pro Bono Society during this time.

Prior to law school, he worked as a Financial Analyst with a company-sponsored financial planning firm for five years, obtaining his Series 7 and 66 licenses.  His duties included: developing personal financial plans for clients, including investment planning, retirement planning, and estate planning.  During this time Mr. Troiano also led his department’s charitable fundraising initiatives.

EDUCATION

  • Albany Law School of Union University, Juris Doctor (Pro Bono Honors) 

  • Siena College, Bachelor of Science - Finance

BAR ADMISSIONS 

  • New York

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Rick Cobello, CISSP, CEH, CHFI
RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGIST 

ABOUT

Rick serves as the firms Risk Management Strategist within the Incident Response & Data Breach and Data Privacy Compliance practice groups. He has over 30 years of experience in enterprise technology and security solutions.  Rick's career has spanned from local and state government to Fortune 500 companies, and General Electric.  His international experience includes health care companies as well as working directly with the Secretary of Health in Brazil implementing supply chain and compliance systems. 

 

Rick served as a principle investigator at GE Research receiving patents in wireless technologies and location based services.  Additionally, he served as the CISO for New York State as well as for various commercial enterprises.  Rick is a professor of Supply Chain and Cyber Security programs at Albany Law School.  He holds a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma and Security certifications in CEH, CISSP, and CHFI.

EDUCATION

  • State University at Albany, Master of Science - Communications & Technology

  • State University College at Oswego, Bachelor of Science - Education & Psychology

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS 

  • CISSP

  • CEH

  • CHIFI

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Patricia A. Harris, ESQ. 
ATTORNEY

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ABOUT

In addition to her extensive real estate, title and mortgage banking experience, Patricia has a wealth of knowledge regarding regulatory and banking compliance and regulation.  She counsels clients in navigating the complex and sometimes cumbersome requirements under Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), New York's SHIELD Act, NYS DFS 500, CFPB Regulations, and various other laws as well as existing and emerging real estate and banking laws.  Patricia has held various, diverse roles for both Super Regional and State Chartered Banks in New York State. 

EDUCATION

  • University of Toledo, Juris Doctor

  • Canisius College, Bachelor of Arts - Political Science

 

BAR ADMISSIONS 

  • New York 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Bar Association

  • REOMAC

  • Code Committee Town of Amherst, New York

  • Bar Association of Erie County

  • New York State Bar Association

  • Vermont Bar Association

  • Vacant & Abandoned Property Committee of Erie County

Shari Chrimes, ESQ. 
OF COUNSEL

ABOUT

Shari is of counsel to the firm.  In her years of practice, she has represented all aspects of lending services including builders, developers, title companies and financial institutions in a variety of transactions. She also practices real estate title law and title insurance underwriting.

 

EDUCATION

  • Albany Law School of Union University, Juris Doctor

  • State University of New York at Albany, Bachelor of Science - Environmental Studies  

BAR ADMISSIONS 

  • New York 

  • U.S. District Court

  • Northern District of New York

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