Founded in 1987, Lazer Aptheker Rosella & Yedid, P.C. has grown from a small commercial litigation firm into one of Long Island’s largest full-service law firms which today is proud to include more than 35 attorneys in over a dozen practice areas.
The Melville Law Center, our state-of-the-art headquarters constructed by the Firm in 1997, exemplifies both our belief in and lasting commitment to the Long Island community and the entrepreneurial spirit which we bring to the table when representing our clients. Our satellite office located at the prestigious CityPlace Office Tower in West Palm Beach, Florida, and our second Long Island office in East Hampton, New York, facilitate our continued growth and enhance our ability to provide our clients with the unparalleled personal service that has been our hallmark for more than a quarter century.
At Lazer Aptheker Rosella & Yedid, P.C., our philosophy is to provide our clients with exceptional legal representation and outstanding personal service. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to represent you and your business in the following practice areas:
Giuseppe Franzella, Russell Penzer, Christina Rosas and Lisa Azzato of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group successfully represented a computer and information technology service provider before the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County in dismissing a fraud case commenced by a well-known newspaper company. Giuseppe Franzella orally argued on behalf of the Firm’s client in support of the motion for summary judgment. In a decision that attracted media attention, the Superior Court, granting summary judgment in the Firm’s client’s favor, held that: “At its core, this case is Plaintiff’s retrospective analysis of its business relationship with the Defendants. [Plaintiff] now ‘feels’ that it engaged in some poor business transactions. [Plaintiff] belatedly seeks reimbursement from the Defendants. The lawsuit is clearly a classic example of ‘buyer’s remorse.'” 2014 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 3037.
Zachary Murdock and David Lazer of the Firm’s Appellate Practice Group successfully represented an electric power authority before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in opposition to an appeal seeking to reinstate a dismissed complaint objecting to creation of an eruv in Westhampton Beach. An eruv is a demarcated area surrounding some synagogues in which, members believe, the observant may perform certain activities (such as pushing strollers to worship) on the Sabbath and Yom Kippur that otherwise would be forbidden under religious law. In a decision that attracted widespread media attention, the Second Circuit held that the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause was not violated by license agreements with the defendant electric power and phone utilities to allow the eruv association’s attachment to utility poles of thin plastic strips called lechis used to help delineate an eruv. The court affirmed the dismissal, agreeing that “[n]o reasonable observer who notices the strips on [the power authority’s] utility poles would draw the conclusion that a state actor is thereby endorsing religion.” Jewish People for the Betterment of Westhampton Beach v. Village of Westhampton Beach, et al., __F.3rd__, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 82 (2d Cir. Jan. 6, 2015).
The Firm is pleased to announce that Giuseppe Franzella and Todd Gardella of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group have been promoted to Partner, effective January 1, 2015. Mr. Franzella, who was recently installed as the Treasurer for the Eastern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, handles all phases of litigation, including pleadings, discovery, motions, appeals and trials. Mr. Gardella, who was recently named to the 2013 and 2014 Super Lawyers New York Rising Stars Metro Edition lists, practices in many areas of litigation, including commercial, banking, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, foreclosure, debt workout, construction, software and technology, criminal, corporate and real estate.
Lisa A. Azzato of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group was recently asked to join the Board of Directors of East End Arts. East End Arts is a multi-award winning not-for-profit arts organization serving the five East End towns of Long Island since 1972. The focus of East End Arts is to build and enrich the community through the arts by education, support, advocacy and inspiration. Earlier this year, Ms. Azzato was presented with a 2014 Women’s Recognition Award from the Town of Brookhaven in the category of Law. The award was presented at the 28th Annual Women’s Recognition Night held on March 20, 2014. Nominations were considered by members of the Town of Brookhaven’s Women’s Advisory Board and award recipients were selected based on resumes and letters of recommendation. Ms. Azzato has a longstanding commitment to community service having previously served on the Board of Directors of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Long Island Chapter (2008-2014) and on the Advisory Board of Dress for Success © Brookhaven (2010-2013). Read More.
Robin S. Abramowitz, a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group, was recently selected as a member of the Long Island Business News 2014 class of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business, which recognizes the significant contributions of women professionals to the region’s economy and to the communities in which we do business. For over 25 years, Ms. Abramowitz has represented a wide range of clients including corporate and individual debtors and creditors in Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcies, subcontractors, general contractors, suppliers and owners in construction litigation, residential and commercial landlords in landlord/tenant proceedings, individuals and corporations in commercial litigation, individuals in matrimonial and support proceedings, and borrowers and lenders in mortgage foreclosure actions. Ms. Abramowitz is the past President of the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association and is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of the Suffolk Academy of Law and a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association. Read More.
Sam Yedid, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Real Estate Practice Group and a member of the “Super Lawyers” (2013 and 2014 Super Lawyers New York Metro Edition), was recently selected as a recipient of the prestigious Leadership in the Law Award by the Long Island Business News. This award is presented to a select group of Long Island attorneys who have demonstrated leadership by their professional achievements, service to the legal profession, high standards of ethics, participation in professional associations, mentoring, volunteer work and community involvement. For over 35 years, Mr. Yedid has provided advice and counsel to hundreds of clients in structuring and negotiating real estate transactions and related matters. From 1998 through 2012, Mr. Yedid served as Trustee of the Long Island Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and during the last two years of that term, he served as a Vice Chairman of the Chapter’s Board of Trustees. The Nature Conservancy (www.nature.org) is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Read More.