Leyla A. Kiosse, Esq., is a partner at the law firm of Tabak & Kiosse, LLP, where she focuses her practice on matrimonial and family law. A former Law Clerk to the Honorable David E. Christensen in the Fifth Judicial District of Minnesota, Ms. Kiosse is a cum laude graduate of Albany Law School and earned her Bachelor’s degree, with departmental honors in Philosophy, from Union College. In 2017, Ms. Kiosse was appointed by the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department to the Court’s Character & Fitness Committee.
Ms. Kiosse has a distinguished history with both the Capital District Women’s Bar Association (CDWBA), and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY). As a member of CDWBA, she has served as Director, Chair of the Small and Solo Practitioner’s Committee, Co-Chair of the Newsletter Committee, and temporary Corresponding Secretary. In addition to being a past WBASNY delegate, Ms. Kiosse has served as WBASNY Vice President (two terms), WBASNY Treasurer, Co-Chair of the WBASNY Legislation Committee, and CDWBA representative to WBASNY’s Nominations Committee. Ms. Kiosse has been recognized several times for her contributions to the legal community and to CDWBA; in 2010, she was awarded CDWBA’s Outstanding New Lawyer Award; in 2013, her firm received the Carol S. Knox Family Friendly Employer Award, and in 2017, Ms. Kiosse received the Kimberly Troisi-Paton Leadership Award.
Madalyn R. DeThomasis, Esq. is an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Albany. In this position, she represents the City throughout all stages of civil litigation including jury trials and motion practice. This year alone, she has litigated a case to a jury in Albany County Supreme Court and argued in front of the Appellate Division, Third Department. Madalyn also serves as counsel to the Albany Water Board, where she assists with contracts and land transactions.
Prior to current position, she served as an Assistant Public Defender for Albany County as a general felony and litigation attorney for three years. As a Public Defender, she practiced in many local courts throughout the County and specialized in DWI defense.
Madalyn has served as Corresponding Secretary for the Capital District Women’s Bar Association since 2017 and as a member of the Board since 2016. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding New Lawyer Award from the Capital District Women’s Bar Association. Madalyn joined the Albany County Bar Association in 2018 and has been a member of the New York State Defender’s Association since 2017.
Upon completing an accelerated six-year program with the College of Saint Rose and Albany Law School, Madalyn graduated Suma Cum Laude in 2012 and received her Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School in 2014. She also attended Fordham Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School in the summer of 2012 where she studied Copyright and Trademark Law in the fashion industry. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a Minor in Women’s Studies from the College of Saint Rose in 2012.
Kasey K. Hildonen, Esq. is an Associate at Carter Conboy. Kasey’s practice focuses primarily on civil litigation matters, including claims involving municipalities, educational institutions and law enforcement, tort defense, and appellate practice, as well as white collar and internal investigations. Kasey represents a broad range of clients, from individuals to large businesses, in a variety of industries, including education, insurance, government and retail in state and federal courts throughout New York.
Before joining Carter Conboy, Kasey was an attorney in private practice where she litigated personal injury, labor and employment, education, landlord/tenant, estate and municipal matters on behalf of individuals, school districts, municipalities and corporations. Kasey externed for the Honorable Thérèse Wiley Dancks, Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York (2013-14), during which she assisted with various criminal and civil litigation matters. Kasey obtained her Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law in 2015, with an Advanced Property Studies Certificate. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College in 2010.
Megan B. Van Aken is an attorney with McNamee Lochner, P.C. where she focuses her practice on matrimonial law and family court matters.
She is a graduate of the University of Hartford and Albany Law School and has been admitted to practice in the State of New York since 2000. Megan is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association; a member of the Albany and Rensselaer County Bar Associations and the New York State Trial Law Association. Megan has been named as an Upstate Super Lawyer in the area of Family Law in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Cathy Drobny practices law with E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy LLP where her primary concentration is in the area of Real Property Tax Litigation and Municipal Law. In addition, she is the Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Halfmoon.
She is a 1978 graduate of Boston University and enjoyed a diverse work history prior to entering Albany Law School where she graduated in 1999. Cathy has served on the Board of Directors of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association since 2014.
Mackenzie Plaske graduated magna cum laude from Albany Law School in 2013. While at Albany Law, she served as Executive Editor for New York Appeals. Following law school, she worked in private practice in Albany practicing primarily in the field of healthcare law. She then served as a Law Clerk to Hon. Christian F. Hummel, United States Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of New York. In June 2017, she was appointed Principal Law Clerk to Hon. Judith A. Hard of the New York Court of Claims. She has been a member of CDWBA since 2013.