The Rensselaer County Bar Association is a professional body of lawyers serving Rensselaer County, NY. We are dedicated to serving our members. Check out our bylaws, as Approved by the Members at the 2013 Annual Meeting. Here is the link to the Resolution dated January 10, 2024 passed by the Executive Committee regarding The Henry J. Speck Memorial Fund Trust.
President: Jaime B. Thomas
Jaime has been a lawyer for thirty years, and is a graduate of Lansingburgh High School, The College of St. Rose, and Western New England School of Law. Jaime practices law at the Law Office of Jaime B. Thomas, PLLC, in Latham. His major areas of practice include construction law, business law, litigation, Real Estate, Wills and Estates, and Matrimonial and Family Law.
Jaime has been Schaghticoke Town Justice since 2002, and has also been Acting City Court Judge in Albany, Troy, Rensselaer, Cohoes, Hudson and various Town Courts.
Jaime has been involved with several civic organizations, including as a Past President of the Thomas and Helen Knickerbocker Memorial Playgrounds, and Past President of the Lansingburgh Rotary Club. Jaime is currently President of the Board of Directors of the Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club. Jaime lives in Speigletown with his wife Janet, and they are visited frequently by Jennifer when she gets away from Manhattan.
First Vice-President: Anne L. Von Fricken-Coonrad
Anne Coonrad graduated from Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in 1984 and practiced nursing for over 30 years, predominately as a staff nurse in the emergency department at Samaritan Hospital. In the late 1990’s, she developed the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program for Rensselaer County. The SANE program provides victims of sexual violence individualized care and evaluation by specially trained nurses. Ms. Coonrad worked closely with local law enforcement agencies, the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s office, and community leaders as the Coordinator of this program.
After graduating from Albany Law School in 2005, Ms. Coonrad joined the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s office as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA). As an ADA Ms. Coonrad prosecuted criminal cases and served as Appellate Counsel before leaving in 2008 to join the Unified Court System assigned to Troy City Court. Ms. Coonrad is currently an Associate Court Attorney in City Court providing legal advice to the criminal and civil parts, as well as to the Acting Family Court Judge for Rensselaer County. Since 2015, Ms. Coonrad has volunteered to serve as a Law Competition Faculty member for the Moot Court program in Rensselaer County. Ms. Coonrad is an Executive Committee Member of the Rensselaer County Bar Association serving as its Secretary.
Ms. Coonrad remains active in nursing as a member of the New York State Board for Nursing and serves as its current Vice-Chairperson. The Nursing Board’s primary mission is to protect the public from unsafe practice. In this role, Ms. Coonrad participates as a panel member during disciplinary and moral character hearings and acts as an advisor during Professional Assistance Program meetings. Ms. Coonrad is the treasurer and board member of the Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association.
Second Vice-President: Tara Kersey
Tara (Colangione) Kersey is the Principal Law Clerk to the Hon. Gerald W. Connolly, Administrative Judge of New York State’s Third Judicial District. She has served as principal law clerk to Judge Connolly since January 2007. In 2006, she served as an Assistant Counsel for Governor George E. Pataki and prior to such position, commencing in late 2001, she was in private practice at Holland & Knight, LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Kersey earned her B.A. from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1996, a J.D./M.B.A. from Albany Law School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2001, and an L.L.M. in Taxation from Boston University in 2005. She was an Associate Editor of the Albany Law Review. Ms. Kersey was born and raised in Troy, New York and currently resides in Troy with her husband John.
Third Vice-President: David Fronk
David M. M. Fronk is the Law Clerk to the Hon. Adam W. Silverman, Acting Supreme Court Justice in the Third Judicial District since 2021. David previously served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Raymond Elliott III, retired Supreme Court Justice in the Third Judicial District, and as a Appellate Court Attorney for the Appellate Division, Third Department.
He graduated summa cum laude from Western New England University School of Law, earning the school’s highest honor – the Norman Prance Award – and the Edward B. Cooley Award for Excellence in Labor Law. He earned his B.A. in History and Honors Political Science from SUNY Albany, graduating summa cum laude and earning the President’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research.
Prior to his legal career, David worked in various local government positions, including as Director of Operations for the City of Schenectady, the Town of Niskayuna, and the Schenectady County Legislature.
Mr. Fronk lives with his wife, Laura, and their two children in Rotterdam, New York. Mr. Fronk is also active in his local community, including serving on the Schenectady County Public Library Board of Trustees and supporting various pediatric cancer charities. His son is a pediatric cancer survivor.
Treasurer: Ingrid A. Effman
Ingrid is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Toledo College of Law. She initially practiced law in the State of Arizona before relocating to New York State. She currently works at the Law Offices of John Wallace as Senior Counsel for a local insurance carrier handling insurance defense litigation relating to all areas of personal injury litigation as in house counsel. She previously worked for a local plaintiff’s personal injury firm, for the Rensselaer County Public Defender’s Office and for the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office.
Secretary: Jennifer Thomas Yetto
Jennifer Thomas Yetto is an associate in the litigation and appeals group of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP in Albany, New York. Ms. Yetto litigates a broad range of matters, including corporate disputes, commercial real estate and construction litigation, civil rights and constitutional claims, land use, zoning and commercial development litigation, complex personal injury litigation, and employment litigation. Ms. Yetto also performs pro bono work, including the litigation of a prisoner civil rights trial in Federal Court. Ms. Yetto is admitted to practice in New York State and in Federal Court in the Southern and Northern Districts of New York. Ms. Yetto is also a member of the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Yetto currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club.
Ms. Yetto is a graduate of Catholic Central High School (when it was still located in Lansingburgh, New York). She subsequently received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, magna cum laude, from Siena College in Loudonville, New York with a major in Psychology and a pre-law certificate. During her time at Siena College, Ms. Yetto was a legal intern with the Hon. Andrew G. Ceresia in Rensselaer County Court and a legal intern with Mental Hygiene Legal Services for the Third Judicial Department in Albany, New York. Additionally, through Siena College, Ms. Yetto served as a summer legal fellow at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. Ms. Yetto graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 2017 with her Juris Doctor. During law school, Ms. Yetto served as a Senior Articles Editor on the St. John’s Law Review, a legal intern to Hon. Debra Freeman in the Southern District of New York, a legal intern with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and a teaching assistant for Constitutional Law, Legal Writing, and Introduction to Law for incoming law students. Ms. Yetto also served as a research assistant to Professor Anita Krishnakumar regarding statutory interpretation. During law school, through a seminar, Ms. Yetto taught criminal law to high school students in Queens, NY. At graduation, Ms. Yetto received the Dean’s Award for the highest grade in Federal Courts and the pro bono service award for completing over 500 pro bono hours of public service. Following graduation, Ms. Yetto worked at a litigation firm in New York working on all aspects of complex commercial litigation and arbitration representing institutional investors and insurance companies.
Ms. Yetto is originally from Troy, New York and currently lives in Averill Park, New York with her husband and their dog Archie.
Immediate Past President: Linda B. Johnson
Linda B. Johnson is a partner at Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP and the senior attorney of the Albany office. Linda initially joined the firm in 2003. She rejoined the firm in 2010 after serving as an appellate court attorney for the New York State Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Third Judicial Department from 2009-2010. Linda focuses her private practice on plaintiff’s personal injury, civil and criminal appeals, construction disputes, Article 81 Guardianship proceedings and general litigation.
Linda has extensive in-court trial, motion practice, negotiation and mediation experience, and has written and argued countless appeals. Linda is also part-time Rensselaer City Court Judge, presiding over criminal, civil, traffic and code matters. She has served in this role since April 2020.
- Jaime B. Thomas
- Anne L. Von Fricken Coonrad
- Tara C. Kersey
- David M.M. Fronk
- Ingrid A. Effman
- Jennifer M. Thomas
- Linda B. Johnson
- Jennifer C. Shatz
- Richard D. Ceresia
- Michael J. Derevlany
- Jessica B. Mocerine
- Kevin P. Glasheen
- Dana L. Salazar
- James E. Prout
- Edward O. Spain
- Jessica Whyte