Head Coach


 
Kavin Thadani, Esq.
Kavin is a Senior Counsel in the Special Federal Litigation Division of the New York City Law Department, where he defends the City of New York against civil rights cases filed in federal court.  Prior to joining the Law Department, Kavin was an associate in the Mass Torts, Insurance and Consumer Litigation practice group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for five and a half years, where his practice focused mainly on insurance litigation.  He graduated magna cum laude from the Syracuse University College of Law in 2009 and from Fordham University in 2006.  While at Fordham, Kavin was a four-year member of the Fordham LC Mock Trial team.  At Syracuse, Kavin was a member of the Law Review, Moot Court Honor Society and National Trial Team, was named to the Order of the Coif, and was awarded the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers Excellence in Advocacy Award.  He has been coaching the Fordham LC Mock Trial team since the 2012-13 season.
 

Assistant Coaches


 
Olatokunbo Olaniyan, Esq.  
Olatokunbo is an Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecutes sex crimes.  Prior to becoming an Assistant District Attorney, Olatokunbo attended Syracuse University School of Law, where she participated in the Syracuse Law Mock Trial Program.  As a mock trial competitor, Olatokunbo competed in several tournaments, such as the National Institute of Trial Advocacy Tournament of Champions, and she earned various honors, including the NITA Best Advocate Award.  She has been coaching the Fordham LC Mock Trial team since the 2012-13 season.
 
Alex Gottfried
Alex is a third-year student at Columbia Law School.  In 2013, he graduated from Tufts University, where he was a member of the mock trial team for four years, the latter two as team captain.  During his mock trial career, he competed in multiple national championship tournaments and won numerous individual awards as both a witness and an attorney.  As a Faculty Advisor at the Lead America Law & Trial program, Alex has taught mock trial to high school students at Stanford University.  He has been coaching the Fordham LC Mock Trial team since the 2014-15 season.
 
Dan Grossbaum
Dan is a third-year student at New York University School of Law.  Dan graduated from Fordham University in 2013 and was a member of the Fordham LC Mock Trial team for three years.  During his mock trial career, Dan participated in several competitions and won multiple awards as both a witness and an attorney.  During his time at law school, Dan served as the Mock Trial Coordinator for the High School Law Institute, which provides mock trial experience to students of local New York City high schools.

Andrew Breland
Andrew is a first-year student at New York University School of Law.  He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Political Science from Case Western Reserve University, where he was also a member of the mock trial team for four years.  There, Andrew was team captain for three years, and received numerous individual awards as both a witness and an attorney.