Julian B. Modesti, Senior Counsel in the Syracuse office of Harris Beach PLLC, has been elected as president of the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of Onondaga County.
Catholic Charities is one of the most active social services providers in Central New York. The agency assists more than 19,000 clients annually through programs for people regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity, gender, age or nationality.
In his new role, which is for three years, Julian will lead the Catholic Charities’ board in providing strategic direction and fundraising support to the Catholic Charities management team. Mr. Modesti is a longstanding member of the Catholic Charities Board, having recently served as Vice President.
“Catholic Charities’ mission is simple: We provide hope and improve lives,” Mr. Modesti said. “Our core belief is that all people deserve to be treated with respect and compassion as they cope with challenges. I look forward to supporting and expanding the agency’s mission.”
About Catholic Charities
Founded in 1923, and with a yearly budget of approximately $23 million, Catholic Charities’ programs include emergency assistance, food pantry support, men’s shelter services, veterans support, refugee resettlement, housing services, health care management, workforce development, parent education programs, pre-K programs, respite services, and neighborhood centers, among other social services.
Julian focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on shareholder disputes, leases, land-use matters, finance agreements, unfair competition, trade secrets, trust and estate litigation, and business torts. He also handles appeals in both state and federal courts on a wide variety of civil law issues and is often retained as a mediator in cases involving commercial disputes.
Harris Beach is ranked as one of the country’s largest law firms by the National Law Journal. Our Syracuse team of about 15 attorneys provides full-service legal counsel to small to medium-sized companies, family-owned businesses, financial institutions, municipalities, commercial developers, and professionals and individuals.