REGINA CALCATERRA, ESQ.
Partner, Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz, LLP
Books & Public Speaking:
Regina is the co-author of Girl Unbroken, A Sister’s Harrowing Story of Survival from the Streets of Long Island to the Farms of Idaho, which she co-wrote with her sister Rosie Maloney and is the author of her New York Times Best Selling memoir Etched in Sand, A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island. Etched in Sand rose to #2 on the New York Times best seller list and has been selected for First Year Read and Community Reads at several US colleges and communities and has been integrated into college and high school curriculums nationwide.
Regina speaks nationally on resilience, the plight of foster children, childhood poverty and homelessness and how we all can positively impact the life of a child in need. See the most recent article on the awareness Regina raises when she speaks here.
For the past twenty-eight years Regina has spent her policy, managerial and legal career in both the private and public sector. She is now practicing law as a partner in the New York office of Wolf, Haldenstein, Adler, Freeman & Herz, LLP where her practice areas include securities litigation, federal civil rights, and government and corporate monitoring and investigations.
Regina recently served as Deputy General Counsel to the New York State Insurance Fund and Executive Director of two of New York State Governor Cuomo’s commissions. The first commission was charged with investigating the states utility company’s preparation and response to recent significant weather events. Under her guidance, this commission put forth two reports that included recommendations for statutory and regulatory changes related to the utility industry of which over 90% were adopted. The second commission was charged with investigating public corruption and resulted in the adoption of state laws that strengthened enforcement mechanisms against public corruption.
Prior to her state appointments, Regina left her position of eight years as a securities law firm partner, to go back to the public sector when she was appointed Chief Deputy to the Suffolk County Executive. In this capacity, she managed a county of over 1.6 million residents, a $2.7 billion annual budget and a 9,500 employee workforce. During her tenure she managed the county’s fiscal crisis and oversaw the county’s day-to-day operations and its immediate response and recovery to Superstorm Sandy.
Regina began her public service career working for the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities, specifically veterans. Thereafter, she joined NJ Transit where she worked towards ensuring that its commuter and light rail, bus and paratransit systems complied with the newly enacted Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. She was then appointed Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the New York City Comptroller where she successfully secured the passage of ten state laws including laws that allowed more flexibility for investing in the state and city’s pension and treasury funds. Regina later served as Deputy General Counsel to the New York City Employees’ Retirement System.
She proudly serves as second vice-chair to the Foundation Board of the State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY New Paltz), as an Ambassador to Library for All which addresses global literacy by developing digital libraries for children in third-world countries and on the Advisory Committee of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She formerly served as long-time board member to You Gotta Believe, an organization that works towards finding older foster children forever homes and remains committed to You Gotta Believe’s mission.
Honors & Awards:
Regina has been the recipient of several honors and awards including receiving a lifetime achievement award issued jointly by the Primi-Dieci Society and the Italy-American Chamber of Commerce and from The Children of Bellevue for serving as a role model for foster children, and receiving the Speak Out for a Child Award from CASA-NYC and the Maxine Postal Humanitarian Award, the East End Women’s Network Woman of the Year Award and the Geraldine Ferraro Award of Courage.
Education & Bar Admittance:
She is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and Seton Hall University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Eastern, Southern and Northern US District Courts of New York.