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:
William Gartland, a Partner in the Firm’s Business Law and Corporate Law Practice Group, has been selected as a 2016 recipient of the Leadership in 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.
David Lazer of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group named as one of the “Ones to Watch” in the field of law in the September 12, 2016 edition of the Long Island Business News. Mr. Lazer has been an active trial and appellate lawyer for more than three decades, conducting more than 70 trials to verdict. He is the co-founder of Melville-based Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, and co-chairs the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. He has litigated cases concerning a variety of commercial matters, including shareholder claims, partnership disputes, breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, real estate and estate litigation. In addition to his trial and appellate work, he has represented clients in numerous arbitrations and has participated in mediations on behalf of clients.
William Gartland, a partner in the Firm’s Business and Corporate Law Practice Group, and Christina Rosas, counsel in the Firm’s Trusts and Estates and Commercial Real Estate Practice Groups, served as instructors for a course entitled “Foundational Lawyering Skills” offered at Hofstra School of Law as part of its Fall 2016 curriculum. The course was designed to introduce law students to a cross-cutting theme of practice skills, including investigation and analysis of facts, the various stages of lawyering, either in the litigation or transactional context, client interviewing, client counseling and negotiation. Mr. Gartland and Ms. Rosas provided assessment and feedback during eight two-hour small group skills labs, and observed and critiqued student performances in mock interviews, counseling sessions and negotiations.
Lisa Azzato of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group was elected Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the East End Arts Council. Ms. Azzato has served on East End Arts’ Board of Trustees since 2014 and is also the chairperson of its Nominating & Governance Committee and an active member of the Special Projects Committee. Recognizing the importance of service to our community, Ms. Azzato previously served for 6 years on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Robin S. Abramowitz, a partner in and co-chair of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group and a partner in the Firm’s Matrimonial and Bankruptcy Practice Group, has been appointed by the Presiding Justice Randall Eng to the Board of Governors of the New York State Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program for a renewable term expiring July 21, 2019.
The Firm sponsored its 19th Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C., Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Net proceeds from the event benefit charities serving people whose lives are affected by brain tumors, and a stipend is given to Kings Park Scholarship programs. The event is organized and run by the Greater Long Island Running Club (formerly the Plainview-Old Bethpage Running Club), which is Long Island’s largest and most active running club, with a membership that spans all of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and beyond.
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).