Italian American Heritage Month

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Italian American Heritage Month was celebrated, initially, in 1989 by a special proclamation of both the United States Congress and President George H. W. Bush.  It continues to be celebrated annually honoring the valuable contributions of Italian immigrants and Italian Americans to our nation.

The Heritage Month coincides, of course, with the Columbus Day Holiday.  That holiday, traditionally, celebrates the achievements of Christopher Columbus as well as the impact of Italian immigrants upon America.  It was unofficially celebrated in many states and cities as early as the 18th century; however, it did not become a federal holiday until 1937.

Our media partner, We the Italians, celebrates Columbus Day 2020 with a live streaming social media event on Monday, October 12, 2020.  NIABA will even present a brief tribute in the event!

In recent years some have challenged Columbus Day and its focus upon Christopher Columbus as an icon of the Italian American communities.  Today, though, we simply celebrate Columbus Day, once again, within the context of the proud achievements and heritage of all Italian Americans in this country.

We at NIABA will address the ongoing efforts to preserve and protect this Columbus Day Holiday and the influence of Columbus throughout our national fabric through the many national, regional, and local Italian American organizations.  Our forthcoming Newsletter will focus upon the actions being undertaken across the country by Italian American lawyers and organizations.  It will prove to be an invaluable resource.

Today, we celebrate and honor all Italian Americans and Italians who have brought life and success to this nation.

Francis M. Donnarumma



Kenneth Jenero, Regional Vice-President with Richard Trumka, President of AFL-CIO in Washington DC

Centennial Celebration in Chicago

The Justinian Society of Lawyers, chartered on October 21, 1921 in Chicago, will celebrate 100 years of service next year.  The Centennial Celebration will take place on October 21, 2021 at the Galleria Marchetti in Chicago.  NIABA National Secretary, Frank Sommario,  and Regional Vice-President of the Midwest, Kenneth Jenero, are proud and leading Chicago Justinians.

We at NIABA credit our sisters and brothers of the Justinian Society of Lawyers for their many years of success.  We look forward to joining them in the celebration in 2021.


Zoom Meeting with Our Australian Friends

NIABA President Francis M. Donnarumma has, recently, engaged in exchanges with Vincent Morfuni, President of the Australian Italian Lawyers Association.  An effort has been underway to develop a close and rewarding exchange and friendship with our colleagues in Australia.

The Honorable Gaetano (Tony) Pagone, a renowned jurist and educator in Australia, will join members of the Australian Italian Lawyers Association and members of NIABA in a social Zoom conference to take place in several weeks.  Judge Pagone has served as President of the International Association of Judges and is a wonderful facilitator of our ever-enlarging relationships with lawyers in Italy, Canada, and, now, Australia.

Look for details and an invitation in several days to attend this initial meeting with our new friends and colleagues.


Special thanks to our event sponsors:


2021 Summer Board Meeting

June 10 ~ June 13, 2021 

Litchfield Connecticut

The Board of Directors meeting of the National Italian American Bar Association will take place at the first law school in the United States, The Litchfield Law School at the Tapping Reeve House in Litchfield, Connecticut.  The board will meet on Friday, June 11, 2021 between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.  There will be a swearing in ceremony of the officers and directors along with the officers and directors of the Connecticut Italian American Bar Association between the hours of 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.  A light lunch will be provided.

All members are invited to join the board meetings as is always our custom.  There will be two (2) dinners over the weekend, and you can visit to see the details.

We are encouraging sponsorships from any of our members or any businesses or interested persons who may wish to be a sponsor of the NIABA board of directors meeting in Connecticut.  Sponsors will be listed on the written materials for the meeting and included, as well, at website.

Sponsorship opportunities are as follows:

Gold Sponsor      $1,000.00

Silver Sponsor     $  500.00

Bronze Sponsor   $  250.00

Patron Sponsor    $  100.00

If interested in a sponsorship for this event, please email Cindy Martin at  

Registration is now open for Friday night and Saturday evening dinners.  Please check events page for information.  Seating is limited so please reserve soon!  Any questions, please reach out to Fran Donnarumma or Cindy Martin.  Thank you!


NIABA presents an exciting 3 series Webinar: 

Conversations with Leaders in the Law 

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.

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


Patent Litigation April 14, 2021 8:00 pm (ET)

DeFranco, Edward J.

Edward J. DeFranco, Esq. of Quinn, Emanuel, Urqhart & Sullivan, LLP will present. He is recognized as one of the leading patent litigators in the United States. He has tried bench and jury trials for clients such as Google, Motorola, Samsung, Real Networks, Marvell, Gillette, and more. He has been lead counsel in cases related to smartphones, microprocessors, telecommunications, wireless communications, liquid crystal devices, consumer electronics, medical devices, bio tech and life science products and optical devices. 

Attorney DeFranco litigates patent issues with millions of dollars at stake. The objects at issue are often the technology we enjoy. 

Moderating the presentation will be Attorney Mariana Noli, a seasoned international intellectual property practitioner based in California. 

Register here for Zoom link


Whistleblower and Qui Tam Litigation May 12, 2021 8:00 pm (ET)

Joel Androphy , Esq. of Houston, Texas will present on Whistleblower and Qui Tam litigation. He is a name partner in Berg & Androphy, a firm involved in high stakes in Texas and throughout the United States, including whistleblower and Qui Tam proceedings at every level. His litigation involves white collar criminal defense, personal injury and Holocaust Art Restitution. 

He has been Program Director of the American Bar Association’s National False Claims and Qui Tam Trial Institute from 2013 through the present. He has been counsel to claimants who have realized millions of dollars of recoveries against government entities, medical providers, drug manufacturers and more. He has authored articles, prolifically, upon the subjects and is a leading national expert. The verdicts and recoveries have been in millions arising from wrongdoing. 

Co-presenting will be Michael R. Manthei, Esq. a partner at Holland & Knight.  He has litigated healthcare issues for 25 years.  

In the last 10 years, Michael has served as lead counsel in over two dozen federal False Claims Act cases. He also regularly advises clients in connection with internal investigations, self-disclosures and payer audits; and advises clients on state and federal healthcare regulatory matters as they impact business operations and, in particular, sales and marketing strategies.

Moderating this presentation will be Attorney Domenic Lucarelli of Naples, Florida. He is an accomplished civil litigator and criminal attorney. 

Register here for Zoom Link


Immigration June 2, 2021 8:00 pm (ET)

Fausta Albi, Esq. of Larrabee Albi Coker LLP in San Diego, California will present. She is leader in immigration law. 

Attorney Albi serves as primary attorney to corporate clients, research institutes and universities, predominately in information technology, bio-technology, education, and scientific research sectors. She is expert on immigration laws, agency regulations and policies. She lectures on these subjects throughout California and nationally. Her focus in the field has evolved with the interplay of a global economy and globally mobile work force. 

Moderating this presentation will be Attorney Dino Mazzone of Gattuso Bourget Mazzone of Montreal, Canada, a corporate and business firm Co.

Register here for Zoom link


In Memoriam: a Florida Legend in Law

The National Italian American Bar Association announces the passing on March 21, 2021 of an accomplished member, Vincent Angelo “Vin” Marchetti of Stearns Weaver Miller, Tampa, Florida based law firm.  Vin practiced in land use, zoning, permitting, land use litigation, government affairs and economic development projects.  His hand extended to public facilities in the Tampa Bay region and throughout the State of Florida.  He worked in economic development matters as well as public-private partnerships.  Prior to his work at Sterns Weaver Miller, Vin was a county attorney for Hillsborough County, Florida.  He had significant impact on development and growth in that region.

Vin was active in sports law matters and worked extensively on both a major league baseball spring training facility and a community stadium used by an NFL team.  He was a past chairman of the Tampa Sports Authority and sat upon the Authority’s board of directors.

In February 2020, the date of the last in-person meeting of the NIABA board of director’s, Vin was accorded honor and recognition as a distinguished member of the association.

Vin enjoyed a long and wonderful marriage with his beloved spouse, Laura Dianne (Sipe) Marchetti.  They were blessed with two (2) children, Katlyn Marie “Katie” Marchetti and Andrew Vincent “Drew”  Marchetti.  Katie predeceased her father.

Many NIABA members shared the difficult journey in health which Vin carried in dignity, optimism, and concern for others.  He was blessed in friendship with Paul Finizio, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of NIABA.  Recently, Vin’s son and Paul’s daughter were joined in marriage.

Vin was a truly accomplished lawyer, outstanding in his field of practice.  As members of NIABA, we can look to our brother, Vin, as both a model and aspiration in the practice of law and in the practice of life.  May our dear friend and colleague rest in peace.

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Vincent Marchetti Scholarship Fund


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Umberto Mucci, Founder and CEO



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