2013 40 Under 40 – T-Y

Joseph TullyJoseph-Tully

Current company /position: Alston & Bird LLP.

Age: 34.

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York.

Where you live: New York, NY.

First Job: Insurance Department, Morgan Stanley.

What it taught me: I think it taught me, in stark reality, that education is a luxury, which inspired me to enroll in law school. After two years at Morgan Stanley, I started at St. John’s, motivated to spend the next three years of my life working to make the most of the experience.

Status: Single.


1. I once spent 3 days at sea sailing from Tampa, Florida to Havana, Cuba.

2. I love opera (I surprised myself with that one).

3. I get a golden tan in the summer (this one’s a fib).

Best advice you could give someone starting out: Make life easy for your supervisors. Try to anticipate how you can remove some of the drudgery from their plate and to only ask questions that result from and demonstrate a good faith effort to run the answer to ground yourself.

Joseph Tully was raised in Park Slope, as he says, before the bodegas and pizza parlors turned into cafes and French restaurants. Joseph’s father was raised in Culleens, Sligo, and his mother, Rose, in Mountcharles, Donegal. Joseph describes the summers spent visiting their respective hometowns as some of his most formative experiences. Joseph is a senior associate at a law firm, Alston & Bird LLP, and a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation Group. Outside the litigation area, Joseph represents Irish companies that wish to establish U.S. operations. He is currently on the Steering Committee for the New York Young Leaders of the American Ireland Fund and received their Young Leader of the Year award in December. He serves as a mentor with the US-NI Mentorship Program. He attended St. John’s University School of Law, Boston College and Xavier High School.

Tyler TullyTyler-Tully

Current company /position: Student/Our Lady of the Lake University.

Age: 32.

Place of Birth: Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Where you live: San Antonio, Texas.

First Job: Lawn care.

What it taught me: Hard work and business mean little unless there is room for growth.

Status: Married

Family Dr. Charla Tully (spouse).


1. I plan on pursuing a PhD in Theology in New Testament studies, and wish to be a writer and teacher in the theological academy.

2. During my first trip back to the old sod with my best friend, we both got stranded north of Swords in our rental car when we discovered that our “reverse” gear was not working properly. We spent two hours, in the middle of the night, pushing the car back off of a dead end cliff, hoping it wouldn’t slide off and ruin our trip.

3. My wife and I are expecting twins in June of 2013.

Best advice you could give someone starting out: Save yourself some time and trouble by asking advice from experts. If you want to learn to invest, don’t ask a doctor, and if you need to learn how to be healthy, don’t question an investor. You’ll be both healthy and wealthy if you can learn how to learn from those who know.

Tully is a Religious Studies and Theology Major/Minor in Political Science at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. He and his wife, Charla, moved to the Alamo city in 2007, where she completed her Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Disease fellowship at the San Antonio Military Medical Consortium. Tully is a frequent writer on topics of faith, justice, and Christian ethics. He will also be returning this year as the Master of Ceremonies for the 18th annual Alamo Wreath Laying Ceremony, where the fallen Irish heroes of the Battle of the Alamo are remembered on St. Patrick’s Day in San Antonio. Tyler is an avid Gaelic Football Player, member of the Board of Directors for the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas, and a founding member of the Steering Committee for the Irish Cultural Community Center initiative in San Antonio. He enjoys playing guitar and spending time with the family boxer, Indy.

Kevin WalshKevin-Walsh

Current company /position: Gibbons P.C./Director.

Age: 39.

Place of Birth: Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

Where you live: Westfield, New Jersey.

First Job: Golf caddy.

What it taught me: Over the course of four hours, you can learn almost everything you need to know about someone’s personality and character.

Status: Married.

Family: Wife of 12 years, Lisa. Three children.


1. Believe the greatest band of all time was The Grateful Dead.

2. Can operate a compound mitre saw.

3. Own a 1993 GMC Sierra 3500 pick-up truck.

Best advice you could give someone starting out: It is a long life and the world is round, so remember that your adversary or competitor today may be someone you need or want to work with in the future. Consequently, you should always behave in a professional, business-like manner, because your reputation is invaluable.

Kevin G. Walsh is a commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense attorney. He utilizes his background as a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey to effectively defend corporate clients and individuals who are working through complex internal or government investigations. Mr. Walsh is also a member of the Government Affairs Department at Gibbons P.C., providing governmental relations assistance to the firm’s clients in order to help them achieve their business goals. He graduated from Seton Hall University in 1995 and its School of Law in 1998, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.

Marie TierneyMarie-Tierney-Young


Current company /position: Irish language Instructor University of Pittsburgh.

Age: 34.

Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland.

Where you live: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

First Job: Babysitter.

What it taught me Confirmed my wanting to work with children, helping others.

Status: Married.

Family: John (husband) Ronan (5) Jack (14).


1. Had traveled through every country in Europe by age 11. Highlight was signing Berlin Wall in 1989.

2. Rarely eat a food unless there is Ketchup alongside it.

3. Have worked for four years as Uniform Director of Robin Hood Camp Maine outfitting 400 plus campers every summer.

Best advice you could give someone starting out: Do the things you have to do first in order to do the things you want to do.

Hailing from Dublin’s fair city Marie Young graduated St. Patrick’s, Drumcondra, before moving to Pittsburgh. She is currently the Irish language instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, and is also Director of Irish Language at the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh where she co-developed an online Irish learning program. In 2009, Marie received an award from Glór na Gael for her contribution to the language. She credits her grandfather with fostering her love of Gaelic – “Ní as an ghaoth a tháinig sé!” Marie is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Banshees GAA team. She enjoys socializing and keeping fit. Her parents PJ & Catherine Tierney live in Dublin along with her sister Karen. Her brother, Robert, also resides in Pittsburgh.

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