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 and Corporate Law Practice Group, and Christina Rosas, an associate in the Firm’s Trusts and Estates and Commercial Real Estate Practice Groups, each volunteered as an instructor at four separate workshops at Hofstra Law School in connection with a Foundational Lawyering Skills course designed to introduce law students to client interviewing, client counseling and negotiation. Mr. Gartland and Ms. Rosas reviewed Pre-Interview Memoranda, Pre-Counseling Session Memoranda, and Negotiation Plans created by Hofstra Law School students, and observed and critiqued student performances in mock interviews, counseling sessions and negotiations. The pre-interview portion of the course introduced students to the role of the lawyer in client representation generally, familiarized students with the range of possible goals in a client interview, and introduced students to interview techniques. The counseling portion of the course introduced students to basic counseling theories, familiarized students with basic counseling skills, and demonstrated common challenges in client counseling and methods of overcoming those challenges. The negotiation portion of the course introduced students to basic negotiation skills and theories, including basic mediation principles.
Six attorneys from the Firm have been re-selected to the “Super Lawyers” or “Rising Stars” lists in the 2015 Super Lawyers, New York Metro Edition. The following four attorneys have been re-selected for inclusion on the “Super Lawyers” list: David Lazer (Business Litigation); Zachary Murdock (Business Litigation); Russell Penzer (Business Litigation); and Samuel Yedid (Real Estate). The following two attorneys have been re-selected to the “Rising Stars” list: Giuseppe Franzella (Business Litigation), and Todd Gardella (Business Litigation). Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process involves peer nominations followed by peer evaluation and independent research of candidates. No more than 5% of the lawyers in a state are represented on the Super Lawyers list, and no more than 2.5% are named to the Rising Stars list.
The Firm sponsored its 18th Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C., Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Dan McGrath of the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate Practice participated in the event and finished with an impressive time of 58:09 to place 2nd in the 30-34 age group and 10th overall against a very strong field of runners. 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).