Honoring ‘some of Brooklyn’s best’: Brooklyn Bar Association hosts annual awards dinner at El Caribe


The Brooklyn Bar Association held its first in-person awards dinner since before the pandemic this week, honoring guests for their service and accomplishments in their fields.

This year’s gala, which took place on Dec. 5 at the El Caribe Country Club in Mill Basin, saw four individuals awarded top prizes.

Winners included past winner and past president Arthur Aidala, Esq. (managing partner for Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins), who took home the President’s Award; Hon. Larry D. Martin (Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County), who took home the Distinguished Judicial Service Award; Hemalee J. Patel, Esq. (General Counsel for the NYC Board of Elections), who took home the Vivian H. Agress Trailblazer Award and Hon. Bruce M. Balter (Retired Justice of the Supreme Court), who took home the Brooklyn Barrister Special Recognition Award.

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