Dear Colleagues,

On February 2 – 5, 2023 the Board of Directors of NIABA will meet in New York City.  The event commemorates the initial meeting of the founders of our association in Greenwich Village.  Forty (40) years have passed, and we find ourselves alive, well, and transitioning. 

Within the United States, we enjoy the Honorary Membership of Samuel D. Alito, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Justice Alito, in recent years, hosted the board, NIABA members, and law students at the Supreme Court.  He gave generously of time and participated in a rare question and answer session.  It brought insight and feeling to the workings of the Court.  For many, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

There are regional organizations of Italian heritage lawyers developing as a result of our board meetings held during 2022.  In Arizona, diligent lawyers are working to create an Italian law society following the February 2022 meeting of our board, there.  Similarly, inspired by gathering at the board meeting in St. Louis in May, 2022, an august group of lawyers in Missouri are forming an Italian lawyer association.

The partnership with the Unione CRINT Italiane, our colleagues participating through the international committees of bar associations throughout Italy, has been a strong development.  From our meeting in Milan with leaders of many of the northern bars to our recently concluded seminar in Naples, we have developed sharp relationships with lawyers throughout Italy.  The president and vice-president, Antonio Tafuri and Gabriele Esposito, of the Bar of Naples dedicated incredible time, effort and resources to our highly successful seminar, there.

On Friday, February 3, as the final agenda item of our board meeting on that date, we will join our colleagues, virtually, from the Australian Italian Bar Association.  A joint enterprise will be announced that will be a first ever live and in person event with our Australian peers.

Finally, our growth continues as Mariana Noli and I work with Italian heritage lawyers in Argentina.  Our association enjoys Mariana, former president of the Italian Lawyers of Los Angeles and current NIABA board member, in reaching out to her country of origin and the many colleagues known to her through her intellectual property practice.  This portends well in establishing relationships with Italian heritage lawyers in Argentina.

The meeting in New York will be part of the bi-annual transition of leadership within NIABA.  It will be my last meeting in service as president.  Transition, as always, will bring new leadership and energy to our association.  The next board meeting will be Chicago from June 8 – June 11, 2023.  Our current executive vice president, Frank Sommario, will host the events and we look forward to an exciting slate of new NIABA leaders!

Francis Donnarumma



The National Italian American Bar Association concluded its bi-annual seminar in Italy.  In the ancient city of Naples, forty United States based attorneys attended a seminar featuring Italian lawyers, experts in their fields.  Avvocati Alessandro Bovino, Giancarlo Madonna, Armando Perna, Antonello Pierro, and Vincenzo Senatore provided insightful and moving instruction on critical subjects of interest.  American-based attorney Joe Andolino, presented, as well.

The seminar was led by a NIABA team of Anthony Gianfrancesco, Antoinetta Brancaccio-Balzano, and Ralph Liguori.

Attorney Brancaccio-Balzano has offices both in the state of Florida and in Naples, Italy.  She organized the expert faculty for the seminar, arranged for dinners and a variety of activities spanning the city of Naples, as well as the island of Capri.  As part of the events, Attorney Brancaccio-Balzano and President Francis Donnarumma met with the mayor of Naples, Gaetano Manfredi, and with the Console Generale of the United States of America, serving in the United States Embassy in Naples.  They were accompanied by past president, Paul Finizio. On the island of Capri, Mayor Marino Lemboi welcomed all of the attending American lawyers in a private ceremony in the office high atop that glowing island.



NIABA Chairwoman of the Board, Cristina Carabetta, led the National Italian American Bar Association in New York City at the Columbus Citizens Foundation for the bi-annual meeting of the Conference of the Presidents of Major Italian American organizations. NIABA friend and supporter, Basil Russo, President of the Conference, welcomed our Chairwoman and President Francis Donnarumma among leaders of Italian heritage groups in the United States.

The attendees were welcomed for a luncheon with the Consul General of Italy in New York, Honorable Fabrizio DiMichele. Engagement and interchange among Italian and American associations, businesses, and cultural activists took place. Our chairwoman is a member of the Columbus Citizens Foundation who, along with several peers, made the event and evening dinner at the Foundation most memorable.




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Forty Years Later:  NIABA to Meet in New York City

The Board of Directors of the  National Italian American Bar Association will meet in New York City on February 2-5, 2023.  The meeting of the Board in New York City coincides with the 40th anniversary of the initial meeting of the founders of NIABA.  In April, 1983, an organizational meeting was held at Tiro a Segno, a private club located in Greenwich Village.  Among those attending were Joseph Albanese, New York, Richard Cacciopo, California, Richard Caifano, Illinois,  Judy Cannavo, California, Honorable Joseph Giamboi, New York, Vincent Damien, Florida and Paul Vitrano, Michigan.

The Board will hold its meetings on Friday, February 3, from 12:00 Noon through 4:30 PM and on Saturday, February 4, from 9:00 AM through 12:30 PM.  Through the gracious efforts of our chairwoman, Cristina Carabetta, a member of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, our Board meetings will take place at the Foundation located at 8 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021.  I recommend you visit columbuscitizens.org .  In an unrivaled neighborhood setting, the property is stunning and will be an uncommon experience of old New York.

There will be evening dinners as follow:

Thursday:  The Taverna at Columbus Citizens Foundation. 8 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021.   Price $100.00 per person.  Alcohol in addition. 

Friday:        Amata Restaurant. 209 E 56th St #1, New York, NY.  Price $100.00 per person. Alcohol in addition.

Saturday:   Toscana49.  143 East 49th Street, New York, NY.  Price $140.00 per person, including wine.

A special rate has been arranged for a limited number of rooms at InterContinental New York Barclay.  The grand hotel is located at 111 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017. 

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All NIABA members are welcome to join the Board meetings and to register as dinner guests.

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NIABA Board Meets in Washington, DC!

The Board of Directors held its Fall 2022 meeting in Washington, DC on October 27 – 30, 2022.  The Board met at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, in its ceremonial Slowinski Courtroom.  Board members from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York, Cleveland, New Jersey, Florida, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Rome, Italy met with visiting lawyers.  Attorney Joseph Andolino of Florida was elected to the Board of Directors.  Attorney Dante Esposito of South Carolina was congratulated upon his recent admission to the bar of that State.

In attendance at the Board meeting were guests Kyle DeCant, Counsel at the United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor and Egon Donnarumma, attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  Author Doug Lanzo, Vice-President and General Counsel of a Virginia based financial company, addressed the board about his emergence as a poet and writer over the last several years.  He was kind to present copies of his new novel, “The Year of the Bear”, which was being released just days following our meeting.  It is receiving critical acclaim.

Nationally prominent legal analyst, Renato Mariotti of Chicago, provided insight into his work which includes numerous pieces in Politico Magazine, national journals and newspapers as well as frequent appearances on national media.

The Board vigorously considered matters extending from the recently concluded seminar in Naples, Italy, the relationship with the Unione CRINT Italiane, expansion of membership through the many regional and local Italian heritage bar associations throughout the United States, and development of a journal in law. 

Board members and guests attended dinners at Capa Tosta, a Neapolitan restaurant, and Il Piatto, an elegant restaurant across from the White House.  Many were in attendance at the 2022 Gala of the National Italian American Foundation.  Relationships were established with others in attendance from across Italy and the United States, including former Secretary of the State, Michael Pompeo, Fox Business Network Anchor Maria Bartiromo, and government leaders from Italy including the Italian Ambassador to the United States, Mariangela Zappia.


2022 Italy

The relationship of the National Italian American Bar Association and the Unione CRINT Italiane became tangible with the first in-person meeting of representatives and leadership of each in Milan, Italy, last week.

NIABA President Francis Donnarumma and past presidents Paul Finizio and Anthony Gianfrancesco led a delegation of American lawyers to the meetings.  National Secretary Alice Salvo, Chairwoman of the Board Cristina Carabetta and Directors Marco DeFazi, Giampaolo Girardi, Lydia Liberio and Mariana Noli took part in the proceedings.

At the historic offices of Attorney Roberto Cociancich in Milan, leadership of CRINT and representatives of numerous bar associations of Italy met NIABA.  A personal and real working relationship was established and plans are now underway for engagement of both Italian and American lawyers.

Particular credit is due to Avv. Francesca Zanasi who worked tirelessly with the Bar of Milan in developing the Unione CRINT Italiane.  She and her colleagues provided an outstanding event and meeting with the Bar of Milan in a historic court room and concluded the inaugural event in person with dinner at a private residencei.

Look forward to seminars, in-person events, exchange of lawyers, development of American/Italian law student council and much more!



St. Louis was the destination of the spring Board meeting of the National Italian American Bar Association in May, 2022. The board was hosted by Attorney Vincent J. Garozzo, a partner of Greensfelder, a firm which was founded in St. Louis in 1895 and has celebrated more than 125 years of history. In St. Louis, our members were warmly greeted by NIABA friends, Bruno and Vivian Mazzatti. There was a great turnout of local attorneys and judges and there is great expectation that a new Italian heritage association will arise, there, in the near future.



The Board of Directors of the National Italian American Bar Association held its second ever meeting in Arizona. We were generously hosted by the firm of Snell & Wilmer, a powerhouse law firm in the western United States. Partner, Benjamin Nucci, assisted in the process. While in Phoenix, we celebrated the formal memorandum of agreement with our colleagues at the Australian Italian Bar Association, virtually. Honorary Consul of Italy, Roberta Gentili Purcel, an attorney, greeted the NIABA members warmly. Francesco Guzzo, executive director of the Italian Association of Arizona coordinated dinner with a large number of Italian heritage activists.

Attorney Marco Costa, admitted to practice in Arizona, participated in the meetings. He will attend the meeting among NIABA leaders in Milan in September, 2022 and the Unione CRINT Italiane.



In October 2021, the Board of Directors and guests of the National Italian American Bar Association met in Chicago, Illinois. The meetings were held at the offices of Holland & Knight, thanks to the generosity of board member Kenneth Jenero. The weekend in Chicago was highlighted by joining the Justinian Society in Chicago in celebration of its 100th Anniversary. The Justinian Society arose from the needs of young and emerging Italian heritage lawyers, 100 years ago, in one of America’s great cities. The association has proudly represented lawyers of Italian heritage right through to the present moment at the Centennial of a great organization.

During the weekend, those assembled in Chicago were joined, virtually, with bar leaders from Rome, Naples, Milan and across Italy in formalizing the relationship of NIABA and the Unione CRINT Italiane, a network of Italian bar associations.


NIABA presents an exciting 3 series Webinar: 

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We are planning our next series...please check back for updated information shortly...

The National Italian American Bar Association presents conversations with leaders in the law in a three (3) part series of webinars. Each features a lawyer who performs at the highest levels of the profession in that field. 

The seminar will be a rare opportunity for a conversational event full of substantive law, firsthand accounts of preparation and advocacy, and focused communication to our broad collection of lawyer attendees.

These webinars are free to NIABA members, but we ask that you register in advance of the event.


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