T.G.I.F. Party at Hilton Hotel in New York City 

The Finnish American Lawyers Association, FALA, hosted a T.G.I.F. (Thank God it Is Friday) party at the Hilton Hotel bar/lounge at 54th Street and 6th Avenue in New York City, on Friday evening on January 25, 2013.

Robert Alan Saasto, Esq. (President of FALA) coordinated the meeting to take place at the same time as the New York State Bar Association meeting in NYC that weekend. Judge John Lahtinen, an Associate Appellate Judge in the Third Department (upstate New York) was in NYC attending the event and was thus able to attend the FALA event as well, with his wife Eleanor. The Senior Associate Appellate Judge in the Third Department, John Mercure, attended the FALA event with his wife Terry.

The other FALA members attending were as follows: Tom Hakala, Esq. (Treasurer FALA, Wealth Management); Ernest Saasto, Esq. (Vice President FALA); Jarno Vanto, Esq., (Partner at Borenius in NYC office and author of International Contracts); Elli Gustafsson, Esq., (Associate at Borenius in Helsinki office); Henrikki Harsu, Esq. ( White and Case, Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions); Lauren Hakala, Esq. (Editor, Corporate and Securities at Practical Law Company); Ryan Alan Saasto, Esq. (Private Practice Huntington NY); and Kimberly Saasto (Law Student Touro Law School).

In addition to the FALA members, spouses, significant others and friends of FALA attended.

All are encouraged to direct their attention to the FALA website at finnishamericanlawyer.org for details about the FALA. Attorneys with any Finnish roots or Finnish connections are encouraged to contact Robert Alan Saasto, Esq. at rasaasto@gmail.com to join.

Robert Alan Saasto, Esq.