New York Mets Sign Slugger Jay Bruce


Jay Bruce pic
Jay Bruce

With a juris doctor from Boston University, attorney Marc Rovner resides in East Rockaway, New York, and manages business development for BETA Abstract LLC and its five offices in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. Beyond his responsibilities as an attorney, Marc Rovner is a passionate fan of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) New York Mets.

The New York Mets traded Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians in August 2017, but the team decided to bring back the veteran outfielder by signing him to a three-year, $39 million contract on January 11, 2018. Bruce first joined the Mets in August 2016 after spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Cincinnati Reds. He hit 37 home runs, drove in 94 runs, and recorded a .245 batting average in 153 games with New York. The Indians won 42 of 51 games after acquiring Bruce, who hit seven home runs and drove in 26 runs.

Although he has predominantly played right field throughout his career, the 30 year old is expected to spend some time at first base for the Mets as the team allows Dominic Smith to establish himself as an everyday player in the outfield. A first-round pick in the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft, Bruce is a three-time MLB All-Star who has 277 home runs and a .249 batting average in 1,416 career games.


Reviewer Feedback Provided by Martindale-Hubbell

Martindale-Hubbell  pic

East Rockaway resident Marc Rovner applies his legal skills as general counsel and director of business development at BETA Abstract LLC. An active member of the community in addition to his work as an attorney, Marc Rovner received the Client Distinction Award from and in 2015. Marc Rovner then received the Client Silver Champion Award from Martindale-Hubbell in 2017.
At Martindale, the Client Distinction Award honors attorneys who achieve an average client review score of 4 to 5. The award is administered by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading attorney rating and review firm that also operates and

Martindale-Hubbell, which also connects attorneys with clients and their peers, enables clients to provide valuable feedback by rating their personal experience with an attorney. To be eligible for reviews, attorneys must first provide the college and law school they attended and the year and state of their admission to the bar. Reviewers can then rate attorneys on their ability to communicate, responsiveness, and quality and value of service provided, and attorneys are allowed to make a one time comment in response to each review. Moreover, reviewer information is treated anonymously, and ratings data can be used by registered attorneys as they wish.

Five BU Terriers Selected to Respective Junior National Teams

BU Friends Of Hockey Program pic
BU Friends Of Hockey Program

An award-winning attorney from East Rockaway, New York, Marc Rovner serves as the managing director of business development for BETA Abstract, LLC, a title insurance company. The recipient of a juris doctor from Boston University (BU), attorney Marc Rovner continues to support the school’s ice hockey team, the Terriers. Marc Rovner is a recognized
Alumni, donor and a member of the BU Friends Of Hockey Program.
During the 2017 holiday break, five of the BU Terriers were selected to represent their respective countries in the annual World Junior Championships. Players Patrick Harper, Jake Oettinger, and Brady Tkachuk were named to the United States national team, while Dante Fabbro was named to the Canadian team and Kasper Kotkansalo was added to the Finnish national team.

Harper and Oettinger both helped the American team capture the gold medal in last year’s tournament and are having successful campaigns with BU this season; Harper leads the team in scoring with 21 points, while Oettinger has played 17 games and has a .902 save percentage. Tkachuk, meanwhile, leads all BU freshmen in scoring with 14 points. Fabbro and Kotkansalo are defensemen with 12 and five points, respectively.

Free Books Offered with Children’s Rights Council Membership


Children's Rights Council  pic
Children’s Rights Council

The recipient of a Client Distinction Award from and, Marc Rovner is an attorney who serves as director of business development at BETA Abstract LLC. A resident of East Rockaway, New York, Marc Rovner volunteers with numerous nonprofit organizations. One group, the Children’s Rights Council (CRC), named him Man of the Year in 2004.

Incorporated in 1985, the CRC works to ensure that children have meaningful relationships with both their mother and father despite the marital status of the parents. The nonprofit primarily leads advocacy efforts at both the state and federal levels to bring about fair outcomes for both children and parents. Interested supporters are encouraged to sign up for a one-year membership, which comes with access to CRC resources as well as a package of the three following books.

1. Life’s Little Tribute Book for Fathers – Following his book A Hero in Every Heart, H. Jackson Brown Jr. details a collection of heartwarming thoughts and perspectives about dads in this small-format book.

2. The Two of Us: A Book About Mothers and Daughters – Written by Sara Schapiro and Ellen Small, this book dives into the relationship between mothers and daughters and captures the honest sentiments, secrets and confessions, and tender moments they share.

3. What’s Dad Thinkin’? – David Butler offers readers a unique and often-funny perspective on fathers in this illustrated book that highlights the idiosyncrasies that make dads so strange and beloved.

The Early History of Baseball


Baseball pic

Marc Rovner, a title insurance attorney with more than 29 years of legal experience, oversees the entire legal department of BETA Abstract, LLC, as senior staff attorney and director of business development. An avid sports fan, Marc Rovner of East Rockaway, New York, enjoys playing baseball and has been part of a men’s baseball team since 1993.

Many historians agree the game of baseball evolved from rounders, a British game that involved two teams who ran safely to a base after hitting a ball with a bat. Early documentation of the game has been found during the late 1700s and early 1800s. During these early stages of the sport, small towns formed teams while large cities created baseball clubs.

Alexander Cartwright, the father of baseball, created the first official rules for the sport in 1845. These rules, written for Cartwright’s New York baseball club, the Knickerbockers, have largely remained the same over the years.

By 1846, the first recorded baseball game occurred. This game pitted the Knickerbockers against another New York baseball club. Although the Knickerbockers lost, this event began the growth of amateur baseball. Eventually, 25 amateur teams got together to discuss the rules of competitive games and they formed the National Association of Baseball Players, the first organized baseball league, in 1857.

Although the number of baseball clubs dropped during the Civil War, the sport remained a popular hobby among Union soldiers and rapidly picked up speed once the war was over. In 1868, more than 100 baseball clubs had been formed and started charging admission to their games on a regular basis.

In 1869, the first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, was formed and paid players quickly became the norm within the sport.

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviews

Martindale-Hubbell pic

East Rockaway resident Marc Rovner is an experienced attorney that currently serves as the general counsel and director of business development at BETA Abstract, LLC. In 2015, Marc Rovner was a recipient of the Client Distinction Award, an honor that recognizes attorneys who achieve a client review average of 4.0 to 5.0.

The award is designed to recognize quality of service, value, responsiveness, and communication with clients. It is administered by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading provider of websites that connect attorneys with their peers and prospective clients. Through sites such as on,, and, Martindale-Hubbell gathers ratings for attorneys and recognizes high achievers.

To enroll in the client review system at Martindale-Hubbell, an attorney must first create a profile and provide the college and law school they graduated from. The year and state where they first received bar admission is also a requirement. Once a profile is set up, it is grouped into a specific practice area to allow for comparison of attorneys with similar legal expertise. Website subscribers can then nominate former clients to submit reviews, which are treated anonymously by Martindale-Hubbell.

The NHL Careers of Three Prominent Boston University Alumni

Keith Tkachuk pic
Keith Tkachuk

The recipient of the 2004 Children’s Rights Council Man of the Year award, East Rockaway native Marc Rovner is an attorney with nearly 30 years of experience. When he isn’t working as an attorney, Marc Rovner enjoys following his favorite sports teams, including the Boston University (BU) Terriers men’s hockey team.

BU has produced dozens of players who have gone on to successful careers in the National Hockey League (NHL). Below are three of the most prominent.

1. Keith Tkachuk – The 19th overall selection in the 1990 NHL Draft, Tkachuk is the top-scoring BU alumnus with 1,065 points in 1,201 career NHL games. In his one season with BU in 1990-91, Tkachuk scored 17 goals and added 23 assists in 36 games.

2. Tony Amonte – A fourth-round pick in the 1988 NHL Draft, Amonte played with Tkachuk at BU in 1990-91 and recorded 68 points in 38 games. The following year, as a rookie in the NHL, he scored 35 goals for the New York Rangers. He retired following the 2006-07 season with 900 points in 1,174 career games.

3. Jack Eichel – Though he is much further back on the list of all-time top scorers at the NHL level from BU, Eichel has a chance to be at the top by the time he retires. The 20-year-old recorded 71 points in 40 games in his one season with BU, and has 113 points through his first two seasons in the NHL.