Barbara Berger Opotowsky, President

Barbara is the President of MSMLP. She joined MSMLP after serving for 15 years as the Executive Director of the New York City Bar Association where she was responsible for the operation of this 24,000 member organization. The City Bar provides access to justice programs locally and internationally through its sister organizations, the City Bar Justice Center and the Vance Center for International Justice. MSMLP allows Barbara to continue to work to increase access to justice. Prior to the City Bar, Barbara was the President of the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York, Assistant Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and in private practice. She received a BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.

Allison Charney, Executive Director

Allison is the Vice President and General Counsel of the MSMLP.  She is also a founding member and former Co-Chair of the MSMLP Board of Directors.  She joined the MSMLP in her current role after 13 years as a partner in two top tier law firms where she represented clients in litigation and investigations conducted by various government agencies.  Allison was the chair of her firm’s regional women’s network and awarded her firm’s pro bono award for her excellence in pro bono work. Allison was named to Super Lawyers’ Top Women Attorney in the New York Metro Area and selected to its Rising Star list from 2011-2017.

She served as a summer law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Office of International Affairs, as well as a research assistant for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.  She received a BA from Brandeis University and a JD from Emory University School of Law.

Beatrice Watford-Tyson, Administrator

Beatrice Watford-Tyson is the Administrator of MSMLP. She joined Mount Sinai after serving 20 years as Executive Legal Assistant to Senior Litigation Partner, Department Chair and Special Counsel in International Trade at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. She received her BS Degree in Health Studies from Mercy College, her Masters from Adelphi University in Community Health. She currently assists EVP & General Counsel of Mount Sinai Health Systems. Beatrice is an advocate for patients’ legal needs and well-being.