KATHY N. ROSENTHAL, Partner
Kathy N. Rosenthal, partner in Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP since January 2001, concentrates in the areas of estate planning and estate settlement, Trust and Will drafting, elder law planning and residential real estate transactions, working with single persons and both married and non-married couples.
In addition to private practice, since 1995, Kathy is a former teacher of Wills, Trusts & Estates as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law. She is very proud that she was selected Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year by the students in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. Kathy also taught Wills, Trusts & Estates as an Adjunct Professor of Law at CUNY Law School from Fall 1989 through Fall 2001 and also co-taught a 12-credit Wills Clinic at CUNY Law School from Fall 1991 through Spring 1993. In addition, Kathy taught the Wills component of the BAR BRI bar review prep course in January 2004 for the February 2004 bar exam.
Kathy is the consummate teacher – she loves to share information and wants to teach her clients about the laws relevant to their matters so that her clients will understand their documents and their estate plan or Medicaid plan.
Kathy has had and continues to have an active professional life outside of the practice as well. She wrote the SCPA Article 9 portion of the Matthew Bender, Surrogate’s Court Practice, Winter 1986.
Her current community work is more focused than in the past. Kathy served on the Board of Advisors of the Westchester Community Foundation (WCF) and she was on the Board of the Estate Planning Council of Westchester County. This is giving her more time to devote to the practice.
Her prior community work also bears mentioning. Kathy had served as a Board Member Chairperson of the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services after finishing terms as Vice Chairperson and Treasurer. Kathy sat on the Board of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association Foundation, the charitable arm of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, for ten years from 2002 through 2012. She has also sat on the Board of the Women’s Enterprise Development Center, Inc., and as a Friend of Gail, the development arm of the Pace Women’s Justice Center which works to eradicate domestic violence. In June 2003, Kathy finished her second term as President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association (the “WWBA”). She previously served as a Vice President and Corresponding Secretary. While President and for several years thereafter, she sat on the Pace Law School Board of Visitors as the representative of the WWBA.
A strong proponent of continuing education in the profession and the community, Kathy speaks frequently. She was Co-Chair and moderator for the Pace Law School annual Elder Law update for more than 5 years, resigning to make room for “newer blood”. She volunteers and speaks for the Pace Women’s Justice Center doing community education on estate planning. In 2013 taught the Pace New Directions program on Wills, Trusts & Estates, as she has since 2008, to attorneys re-entering the work force.
In prior years, Kathy spoke regularly for the Planned Giving Committee for the Arthritis Foundation, New York Chapter, Hudson Valley Branch until it closed and she won the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2002. She has lectured on various aspects of estate planning for the New York State Bar Association, the Pace Law School Continuing Legal Education program, the Family Law Center, and for many and varied community groups. During the course of her career, Kathy volunteered at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and helped create their Will drafting clinic in 1989, writing forms and supervising other attorneys.
In practice since 1978, Kathy still very much enjoys the work she does — making order out of chaos and bringing information and comfort to her clients.
LINDA MARKOWITZ, Partner
Linda Markowitz, partner in Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP since January 2001, concentrates in the areas of family and matrimonial law, wills, trusts and estates and residential real estate closings.
After graduating from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Manhattanville College. In 1989, Linda graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pace University School of Law, thus launching herself into a legal career. She established her own solo general practice firm in 1994. She became a founding partner in 2000, of Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP, with Kathy Rosenthal, who like herself, was a past president of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association.
Linda practices both matrimonial and family law and wills, trusts and estates. She has trained extensively in collaborative law which she embodies her personal philosophy of matrimonial practice. She has litigation and negotiation skills developed over the past twenty five years. To that end, she has taken mediation training at Harvard Law School in 1993 and with the Center for Mediation in Law in May of 2009 and both basic and interdisciplinary collaborative law training.
From June, 1999 to June, 2001, Linda served as President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association (“WWBA”). Since then, she has been active in the WWBA and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (“WBASNY”) in many capacities, and presently, is a co-chair of the WWBA’s long range planning and past presidents’ committees. Additionally, she is a past president of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association Foundation and serves as a director on that board.
Resolving cases which involve domestic violence has been a particular interest of Linda’s. Since its inception in 2001, Linda has been involved with the Pace Women’s Justice Center’s advisory board, Friends of Gail, and now serves on PWJC’s Executive Committee. She championed the start of the PWJC’s Moderate Means program in 2001, a program that matches domestic violence clients with attorneys who have agreed to significantly reduced rates.
Linda is a member of Attorney for the Child panel and represents children in Family Court and Supreme Court matters. She served on the executive committee member on the Justice Brandeis Law Society until 2016 and as President of the Surprise Lake Camp Board of Directors since May of 2014. Linda formerly served on the Non Resident Sub-Committee of the Membership Committee of the New York State Bar Association. She has also been a member of the board of the Westchester County Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in New York, Florida and Connecticut, the United States District Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
In her personal life, Linda finds people endlessly interesting, and loves working with both functional and dysfunctional families. In her “other life” she was at Woodstock in 1969 and built, owned and operated a KOA Kampground in Gardiner, Maine. Although her many legal and community activities keep Linda extremely busy, she makes sure to find time for the loves of her life, her four grandchildren.
Sherry A. Bishko, Partner
Sherry A. Bishko, a partner in Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP since January of 2016, has worked at the firm since 2006. Sherry is involved in all practice areas but concentrates in Matrimonial and Family Law. She is a member of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, the Orange County Women’s Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. Her road to becoming a practitioner in Matrimonial Law was a bit circuitous but inevitable, given her sustained community involvement and interest in and desire to help people.
Sherry graduated from Colgate University in 1990 and went straight to graduate school at Tufts University where she received an MA in Environmental Policy. Upon graduating from Tufts, she began working at the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Office in New York City. Sherry worked in the Office of Policy and Management and was in charge of President Clinton’s Project XL initiative. Project XL is a program in which Corporations and Government Agencies are given regulatory flexibility in exchange for achieving better “bottom-line” environmental results. Her experience with Project XL required a working knowledge of federal environmental statutes and regulations and prompted an interest in law school.
Sherry began her second career, as a lawyer, in 2000 when she entered Pace University Law School. She graduated Cum Laude with a Certificate in Environmental Law from Pace in 2003. After graduation, she practiced corporate law in Rye, NY and founded a citizen’s action group in her then hometown of Sleepy Hollow, NY to monitor the re-development of the General Motor’s site located on the Hudson River. She joined Rosenthal & Markowitz in 2006 and began to pursue a career in Matrimonial and Family Law.
Sherry resided in Sleepy Hollow, NY, just a few steps away from the Hudson River with her husband and two children until august of 2016 when she and her family moved to Tuxedo Park, New York, returning to the area area where she spent her youth.