Boris Kostelanetz, a founding partner at Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, is nationally recognized as the "Dean" of the tax controversy bar, and he enjoyed a distinguished career in government and in the private sector. Mr. Kostelanetz graduated from St. John's School of Law in 1936 and became one of the premier criminal tax lawyers in the United States. He served with distinction as the President of the Law School Alumni Association from 1955 to 1957. In 1985, St. John's University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, in 1988 the Law School presented him with the James Madison Award and in 1999, the Alumni Association presented him with the Charles M. Sparacio Award.
The Boris Kostelanetz President's Medal honors its namesake, Boris Kostelanetz, a past president of the New York County Lawyer's Association. The Boris Kostelanetz President's Medal is conferred upon a member whose record of dedication and service to the Association and to the legal profession comports with the highest standards.