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On this page we share interviews by Board Member and
Labor & Employment Law Committee Co-chair Tejash V. Sanchala, Esq. 
with WCBA members about their experiences and insights.
The articles were originally published in the Member Spotlight column in
the WCBA's Westchester Lawyer magazine, We hope you are inspired by
their stories!

Tejash welcomes your comments and suggestions for future columns.
He can be reached here.






Katherine Wilson Conroy, Esq. 



Tejash: How long have you been a WCBA member?

Katharine: I was admitted to the Bar in February 1981 and have been a member of the WCBA ever since.

 Tejash: What is your current job and practice area?

Katharine: I am currently Of Counsel to Bertine Hufnagel Zeltner Drummond & Dohn LLP in Scarsdale. I practice primarily in the areas of trusts and estates and residential real estate. Prior to joining Bertine, I was a Partner for many years at Kent, Hazzard, Wilson, Conroy, Verni & Freeman LLP in White Plains with a similar practice.

Tejash: How did you become a trusts and estates and real estate attorney?

Katharine: When I joined Kent Hazzard in 1981, the firm did a lot of trusts and estates work and it was natural fit. I very much enjoy the interaction with people and the involvement in their lives —particularly as they get older.

 Tejash: What is one of your favorite legal success stories?

Katharine: I have felt great reward in my professional career from working with people as they age and doing whatever I can do on a personal level to make their older years less isolated and happier.

Tejash: Who were some of your mentors?

Katharine: My father, Malcolm Wilson (former Governor of New York State) was the first and best lawyer I ever knew! Bill Greer and Larry Fay, both partners at Kent Hazzard when I joined the firm in 1981, were extraordinary lawyers, extraordinary teachers and great exemplars of what it means to be a great lawyer. I relied on them for their legal knowledge. They both knew the right questions to ask no matter the legal issue presented and they knew how to find the answer before the advent of Google!

Tejash: If you did not practice law, what would you have done?

Katharine: I would have continued teaching public school in White Plains and been retired by now.

Tejash: What might people be surprised to learn about you?

Katharine: I spent four years as President of the largest provider of services to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in New York State, now known as The ARC and formally known as NYSARC. I visited every county in New York State while President. It was interesting and rewarding work (and often fun).

Tejash: What do you splurge on?

Katharine: My 10 grandchildren (ranging in age from 3 to 16) who live in New Rochelle (mostly!), Brooklyn and Washington DC.

Tejash: What are some of your favorite vacation trips?

Katharine: My husband and I have had many wonderful trips to different parts of Europe, Mexico and Nicaragua. Recently we traveled on the Mississipi River. That being said, my favorite trip was last year when we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in the Poconosour entire family (21 strong!) had a great time at a wonderful resort with activities for everyone.

Tejash: What are three things you cant live without?

Katharine: Other than my family and friends, Tate’s chocolate chip cookies, pencils and my iPhone.

Tejash: What is one of your favorite things to do in Westchester?

Katharine: We enjoy going to the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, a beautiful passive recreation park in Northern Westchester. New Rochelle is on the Long Island Sound which provides great beauty and lots of summer activities.


Tejash: What is the best advice you have ever received?

Katharine: “Pick your fights.” I learned this early on from my mother.

Tejash: What is one way that you improved your business while giving back?

Katharine: I became involved in voluntary activities in Westchester. For many years, I have served as a director on two boards (i.e., Visiting Nurse Services of Westchester and The ARC Westchester). I’ve learned a lot from both and I like to think I have occasionally been helpful as a board member. The relationships I have made have been important to me and in several instances, have lead to business.

Tejash: What advice would you give to new lawyers?

Katharine: Get involved in your community and the WCBA. Learn about the community and meet people whom you can help and who can help you.

Tejash: What is one of your future ambitions?

Katharine: To have a busy, active and productive retirement and to enjoy my youngest grandchild’s college graduation and subsequent admission to the bar (I hope!).

Tejash: What is your favorite part of being involved with the WCBA?

Katharine: I enjoy the relationships I have made over time. I have been impressed with the level of expertise of members and their willingness to share their knowledge. 



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