Rochester, NY. Carolyn G. Nussbaum, a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Complex Commercial Disputes group, was officially sworn in as the 124th president of the Monroe County Bar Association during its annual dinner and installation ceremony on June 12, 2019.
Carolyn focuses her practice on commercial litigation, with over 30 years of courtroom experience representing companies and their executives in contracts, securities and transactional disputes. She was elected to Nixon Peabody’s partnership in 1990.
“It’s an honor to be nominated and elevated by my peers to this leadership role,” said Carolyn. “I believe that everyone in the Rochester community benefits from the leadership of the Monroe County Bar Association. I will continue to advocate the vision of creating a more diverse legal community and giving more lawyers and judges more reasons to be engaged in meaningful personal interactions.”
In addition to supporting expanded access to justice, according to the mission of the bar association, Carolyn will continue to prioritize providing wellness resources for attorneys, including mental health. “Bar associations are good for your wellbeing,” she said, “because they foster human interaction and enhance the resilience to confront and manage the stresses facing the profession.”
Carolyn will hold the title of president for one year, and she is no stranger to leadership roles. She served as managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s Rochester office from 2010 to 2017. She previously chaired the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, the board of Legal Services Volunteer Project, Inc., and the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester. Carolyn is also currently a member of the Character and Fitness Committee for the Seventh Judicial District of the State of New York, a board member of the Rochester Area Community Foundation and a founding and current board member of Cancer Connections, Inc.
Carolyn’s role expands the tradition of Nixon Peabody’s bar association leadership in New York State. Carolyn follows the example of her partners David Schraver and David Hoffberg, former presidents of the County Bar, and G. Robert Witmer Jr. and David Schraver, who were former presidents of the New York State Bar Association. Carolyn also shares her commitment to bar leadership with Nixon Peabody Complex Commercial Disputes partner Daniel J. Hurteau, who currently serves as president of the Albany County Bar Association.
Carolyn attended George Washington University Law School, graduating with high honors, and earned a B.A. in Government from Smith College.