Moya M. O'Connor, Esq.
Moya is the founder and CEO of CAN. She provides litigation counsel in the fields of premises liability, automobile liability, property damage, subrogation, construction litigation, labor law, personal injury, workers' compensation, and other intricate tort matters.
Outside of the office, Moya holds a number of leadership positions. She is an active member of the New York City Bar Association and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. Additionally, the Corporate Counsel Women of Color selected Moya's topic, "Lean In: What Women of Color Can Do to Make Their Voices Heard and Impact Felt in Corporate America," to be showcased at its 10th Annual Career Strategies Conference in Los Angeles, California. Moya has also been selected as a speaker on several career management panels and has been published in the New York State Bar Association Torts, Insurance, & Compensation Section Law Journal.
Moya received her BA from Georgetown University and her JD from Brooklyn Law School.
Kadion D. Henry, JD, CIPP/US
Kadion is a member of CAN's executive board. Kadion is a Jamaican-born attorney working as an associate at Harris Beach PLLC. He practices in the Business and Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups. Kadion is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (“CIPP”), a certification awarded by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He has served as General Counsel to two technology startups. Kadion is a volunteer attorney with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City.
During law school, Kadion was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, a NYC Bar Fellow (2008), a student prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York, and served as a Vice President of the Black Law Students Association.
Kadion received his BA from Pace University and his JD from Brooklyn Law School.
Ricardo A. Salmon, Esq.
Ricardo is a member of CAN's executive board. He is an Associate Professor at Post University and an Associate in the Law Department of FOJP Service Corporation, a not-for-profit company focusing on risk management. In his capacity as in-house counsel, Ricardo works with some of New York City’s largest hospitals, long term care facilities and social service agencies. Ricardo's work focuses on insurance and health care, advising on a broad range of legal and practical issues. His area of focus is with D&O/EPLI, ERISA and Crime related matters. Prior to FOJP, Ricardo worked for Aetna and the Travelers insurance companies. Ricardo also has significant experience in the area of employment discrimination, general torts and family law.
Ricardo received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. from the University of Connecticut. He is admitted to practice in the States of New York and Connecticut.
Paula T. Edgar, Esq.
Paula serves as an Advisory Member of CAN's Board. Paula Edgar, Esq. is Principal of PGE, LLC - a boutique coaching and consulting firm. The firm provides innovative and strategic solutions on career management, executive/leadership development, organizational diversity efforts, intercultural competence initiatives, networking and social media strategy.
Her professional experiences include serving as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at New York Law School, the Associate Director of Career Services and member of the Diversity Council at Seton Hall University School of Law, and as the Executive Director of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. (PALS), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in the legal profession and providing mentoring, academic support, and networking opportunities to law students and junior attorneys of color. Prior to working at PALS, Paula practiced in the Law Enforcement Division of the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the California State University (Fullerton) and her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law.
Leslie Thomas, Esq.
Leslie Thomas serves as an Advisory Member of CAN's Board. She is the owner of the Law Offices of Leslie Jones Thomas, P.C. Her firm is a general litigation practice with specialties primarily in federal and state criminal cases (narcotics, homicides & forensic evidence), contested and uncontested matrimonial and family court matters, commercial litigation, and wills and small estates. Prior to starting her private practice, Leslie served as a prosecutor at the Bronx District Attorney's Office for 8 years.
Outside of the office, Leslie previously served as the President of the Association of Black Women Attorneys and remains an active member of the National Bar Association.
Leslie received her BA from Oglethrope University and her JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Patricia G. Birch, Esq.
Patricia serves as CAN's Mentoring Chair. She is in-house counsel to the staff of the Department of Homeless Services (DHS). Her practice focuses on matters of employment law, administrative law, contractual issues, and regulatory compliance.
Patrice is also a Life Coach at Shine! by Patricia Gene. In this capacity, she facilitates clients' empowerment through one-on-one coaching sessions, group sessions and speaking engagements.
Patricia received her Bachelors from Rutgers University in 2004 and her JD from Brooklyn Law School in 2008
Dinneen Cato, Esq
Dinneen Cato serves as CAN's Community Service Chair. She graduated from New York Law School and is admitted to practice law in New York State.
Caribbean Attorneys Networking (CAN) is a organization focused on the professional development of attorneys of West Indian descent while also aiming to give back to Caribbean communities in the United States and abroad.