Our Team

James Hartley, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hartley is a co-founder of Verus. Prior to founding Verus, he was an attorney with a national practice involving commercial, securities and consumer litigation. Mr. Hartley has represented a wide variety of clients including municipalities, corporations and businesses. He was lead counsel in the seminal Uniform Securities Act case of Connecticut National Bank v. Giacomi, as well as lead counsel in the matter of In re Colonial Realty Litigation Securities Fraud. Mr. Hartley has also worked with Attorneys Generals in various states prosecuting actions on behalf of businesses and citizens of those states.

Mr. Hartley is a 1972 graduate of Boston College. He received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1975 from Columbia University. Mr. Hartley is a member of the Connecticut bar, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Jeffrey Drubner

Mr. Drubner is a former Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). During his almost ten years with the Bureau, Mr. Drubner investigated international organized crime, fraud and global money laundering, along with other narcotic and financial crimes. During the investigation and prosecution of these cases, Mr. Drubner was responsible for overseeing the tracing and review of voluminous bank, financial and corporate records. In addition to these investigative duties, Mr. Drubner served as a certified FBI Firearms Instructor, Legal Instructor, Legal Advisor and undercover agent. Mr. Drubner has lectured on money laundering and Title III electronic interceptions at both the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and Fordham University Law School, among other forums.

Mr. Drubner is a 1987 graduate of Emory University. He received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1990 from Boston College Law School (cum laude) and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

Charles Hellman
Vice President, Managing Director

Mr. Hellman is an attorney with over thirteen years experience representing clients in a variety of commercial business and litigation matters. Many of the cases Mr. Hellman has worked on have involved significant analysis and application of accounting and auditing principles as well as regulatory rules and procedures.

Mr. Hellman is a graduate of Bard College. He received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1996 from New York Law School (summa cum laude) and began his career as an associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Caroline Marshall
General Counsel

Ms. Marshall is an attorney with over fifteen years of experience. She began her career as a prosecutor at the New York County District Attorney’s Office. Prior to joining Verus, she was litigating complex civil actions. In the course of her career, Ms. Marshall has represented a wide variety of clients, including state pension funds, and other institutional investors. She has extensive experience working closely with auditing experts and forensic accountants. Additionally, Ms Marshall has been responsible for overseeing teams of attorneys conducting detailed reviews of large volumes of corporate and financial records.

Ms Marshall is a 1988 graduate of Dartmouth College. She received her Juris Doctorate degree in 1992 from Fordham Law School.

James DeAngelis
Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining Verus, Mr. DeAngelis served in senior financial executive capacities in a variety of organizations which design and deliver technical and financial solutions for leading edge technology driven businesses. Mr. DeAngelis was responsible for and/or assisted in $83+ million of financing, including private placements, IPO financing, Regulation D, hybrid debt/equity placements, equity credit lines, receivables and equipment financing facilities.

Mr. DeAngelis graduated American Graduate School of International Business Administration (Thunderbird) with honors.

Edward Hall JD, FLMI, CIE
Associate General Counsel, Director of Compliance Examination

Mr. Hall is an attorney with over seven years experience and has been with Verus since the company’s inception. Mr. Hall began his career in complex litigation and at Verus has had extensive experience performing legal analysis of issues related to unclaimed property compliance, review of internal policies and procedures of holders under examination, and developing unclaimed property auditing procedures and processes. Additionally, Mr. Hall has been responsible for overseeing teams of examiners conducting detailed reviews of holder records.

Mr. Hall received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a Bachelors of Arts in Criminology from the University of South Florida. Mr. Hall is also a Certified Insurance Examiner (CIE), Fellow Life Management Institute (FLMI) and an Associate in Regulatory Compliance (AIRC).

Steven Haley
Director of Audits

Mr. Haley has over fourteen years of experience in providing unclaimed property related services, including identification and quantification of unclaimed property liabilities, analysis of policies and procedures, resolution of unclaimed property liabilities, review of and implementation of best practices, audit defense, and preparation of unclaimed property reports.

Prior to joining Verus, Mr. Haley was a member of KPMG’s National Unclaimed Property Practice, where he advised clients on their unclaimed property procedures and reporting obligations. Mr. Haley was also a Senior Client Service Officer at ACS Unclaimed Property Clearinghouse, Inc. for approximately nine years.

Mr. Haley received a Bachelors of Science in Business Management/Finance from Salve Regina University.

Dennis Curnyn
Director of Forensic Analysis/Audit Supervisor

Mr. Curnyn has over twenty five years of internal audit experience in the insurance industry. For sixteen of these years, Mr. Curnyn was with Internal Audit for two top twenty Life and Annuity insurers, through the officer level, where he provided internal audit management over teams within various corporate financial areas, including controller, accounts payable, treasury, investor relations, administrative units, stand alone insurance subsidiaries, life and annuity policy service centers, retirement, annuity, and investment products. While auditing these areas, Mr. Curnyn frequently identified abandoned property risks and evaluated applicable escheatment controls.

In addition to his tenure at the above referenced life insurers, for six years Mr. Curnyn provided internal audit and Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory compliance services to a number of other major insurance enterprises on a consulting basis as a Senior Manager with “Big 4” internal audit services practices. Mr. Curnyn is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and has held prior registrations as a Certified Public Accountant and as a General Securities Registered Representative (Series 7) and a General Securities Principal (Series 24).

Joseph Marcelonis
Client Relations Manager

Mr. Marcelonis has over thirteen years of unclaimed property experience. While employed at the ACS Unclaimed Property Clearinghouse, Mr. Marcelonis was involved in day-to-day operation and audit workflow processes as well as acted as client liaison for state clients. Mr. Marcelonis developed and improved workflow efficiencies, ensured proper delivery of unclaimed property to clients, conducted webinars, provided internal training, reviewed potential audit candidates, and communicated regularly with clients on new developments, important unclaimed property issues and new initiatives. Mr. Marcelonis has conducted analyses of state Unclaimed Property Programs and conducted holder training seminars in conjunction with state Unclaimed Property Programs. He is a graduate of Boston College.

Frank Zarb
Executive Committee Member

Frank Zarb is a Managing Director of Hellman & Friedman. He has served as CEO of a number of financial service companies and has held a number of senior positions in the U.S. Government.