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De La Salle Medal Dinner

The 2022 De La Salle Medal Dinner was held on Wednesday, April 20 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The Dinner honored John Desmarais '85, J.D., founding partner of Desmarais LLP. Thank you to everyone who supported the event, which raises critical funds for scholarships and other forms of aid for Manhattan College students. You can still make a contribution to the cause via the gift button below.

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2022 Honoree: John M. Desmarais ’85, J.D., Founding Partner, Desmarais LLP

Picture of John DesmaraisJohn Desmarais is the founding partner of Desmarais LLP. After practicing in the area of intellectual property litigation and counseling for several years at Fish & Neave, in 1992, he left private practice to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where for three years he tried criminal jury trials for the federal government. After leaving the government, Mr. Desmarais returned to Fish & Neave and to the practice of intellectual property litigation. In 1997, he joined the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis as a partner, and later became head of the Firmwide Intellectual Property Litigation Practice. From 2004-2009, he also served as a member of Kirkland's Firm Management Committee. While at Kirkland, Mr. Desmarais secured several top jury verdicts, including the largest patent jury verdict on record at the time for Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs in a case against Microsoft. He also secured several defense verdicts in some of the largest patent disputes of the time for the cell phone, cable, networking and computer chip industries. After 13 years at Kirkland, in 2010, Mr. Desmarais left to found Desmarais LLP, an Intellectual Property trial boutique that specializes in jury trials in technology cases with offices in Manhattan, San Francisco and Washington DC. Also at that time, Mr. Desmarais founded Round Rock Research LLC, a patent licensing company, and has since founded several others including Sound View Innovations LLC and Coral Bay LLC. Together those companies have negotiated licenses with some of the largest technology companies in the world.

Mr. Desmarais holds a B.Ch.E from Manhattan College and a law degree from NYU School of Law. He serves on the Manhattan College Board of Trustees and on the NYU Law School Foundation Board. He is also a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Master of Ceremonies: Mary Beth McDade '93

Mary Beth McDade

Mary Beth McDade is an Emmy award winning anchor and reporter with KTLA 5 News. When she’s not behind the desk, she’s pounding the pavement putting together blockbuster investigative stories and covering breaking news.

Prior to KTLA she worked at KCBS, Fox 11, ABC 7, News 12 Long Island, the entertainment TV show “Extra” and “Good Morning America.”

Mary Beth is from New York, but after covering the O.J. Simpson Trial out in Los Angeles she decided to relocate to sunny Los Angeles full time.

During her career she has covered presidential conventions, the First Million Man March in Washington D.C., the death of Michael Jackson, and interviewed hundreds of celebrities and politicians, including President Donald Trump, President Gerald Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nicole Kidman, Ben Affleck, Mel Gibson, Paul Newman, Garth Brooks, and Ben Stiller.

Mary Beth has appeared in numerous TV shows and films, usually as a newscaster, and she has appeared on several cable news channels, such a CNN and MSNBC, to offer insight into some major news stories.