Firm News


Firm Attorneys Close $100,000,000 Contribution and Sale of Manufacturing Business

Ralph Rosella, William Gartland and Benjamin Goldberg of the Firm's Corporate and Business Practice Group and James Devine and Louis Fiore of the Firm’s Real Estate Practice Group represented (as co-counsel) a privately held manufacturing company in the contribution and sale of substantially all of its assets for consideration equal to approximately $100,000,000 in the aggregate.

Robin S. Abramowitz has been appointed a member of the Professional Ethics & Civility Committee of the SCBA
Robin S. Abramowitz, a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group, has been appointed a member of the Professional Ethics & Civility Committee of the Suffolk County Bar Association.
Lisa Azzato, an attorney in the firm’s litigation practice group, has been asked to join the dedicated Board of Directors of East End Arts.

Lisa Azzato, an attorney in the firm’s litigation practice group, has been asked to join the dedicated 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.  Lisa 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). 

The focus of East End Arts is to build and enrich the community through the arts by education, support, advocacy and inspiration.  East End Arts operates a school of the arts, an art gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts and art education year-round such as the Long Island Winterfest, the Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival, and the Teeny Awards.  Ms. Azzato remarked on her recent appointment, “I am looking forward to the opportunity to use my experience in business, government, civic and non-profit matters, and my life-long appreciation of the arts to promote the mission of East End Arts and to enrich our community through the arts.”

Firm Attorneys Close $74,000,000 Sale of Manufacturing Business

Alex Gayer and Ralph Rosella of the Firm's Corporate and Business Practice Group represented a privately held Long Island manufacturing company in the sale of substantially all of its assets for consideration potentially in excess of $74,000,000.  Sam Yedid and Lou Fiore of the Firm's Real Estate Practice Group assisted with the real estate related deal points.

Robin S. Abramowitz selected as a member of Long Island’s 2014 Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business

Robin S. Abramowitz, a partner if the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group, was 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.

Firm Attorneys Close $25,000,000 Financing for Tennis and Fitness Enterprise

Ralph Rosella, Matthew Lamstein, William Gartland and Jessica Moore of the Firm's Corporate and Business and Real Estate Practice Groups represented a tennis and fitness enterprise with facilities located throughout Long Island, New York City and upstate New York in the closing of a $25,000,000 refinancing transaction.

Steven P. Block Becomes a Partner of the Firm
The Firm is proud to welcome Steven P. Block as a Partner in the Trusts and Estates and Taxation Practice Groups.  Mr. Block was formerly Of Counsel to the Firm.  For over 25 years, Mr. Block has advised clients on all aspects of estate and elder law planning, including preparation of wills and trusts, and sophisticated tax and insurance planning.  He also provides counsel on probate matters, estate administration and Surrogate's Court proceedings.  In addition to being an attorney, Mr. Block is also a Certified Public Accountant and has extensive experience advising business clients on the organization, sale and liquidation of business entities, including the preparation of Shareholder Agreements, Family Limited Partnership Agreements and Limited Liability Company Operating Agreements.  Mr. Block is a former partner and Co-Chair of the Trusts and Estates department at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C. Mr. Block is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo (B.S., Magna Cum Laude, 1980) and Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 1985).
Corporate and Business Practice Group Closes Asset Sale for Software Company
Alex Gayer and Ralph Rosella of the Firm's Corporate and Business Practice Group represented a privately held software company in the sale of substantially all of its assets for consideration in excess of $15,000,000.00.
Lisa A. Azzato Receives Women's Recognition Award from the Town of Brookhaven
Lisa A. Azzato of the Firm's Banking Litigation Practice Group was presented with a 2014 Women's Recognition Award from the Town of Brookhaven in the category of Law.  The award was presented by Town Supervisor Ed Romaine 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 serves on the Board of Trustees for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Long Island Chapter and as its Advocacy Delegate for Long Island seeking to advance the passage of legislation critical to the lives of cancer patients. Ms. Azzato also serves on the Advisory Board of Dress for Success Brookhaven, an organization whose goal is to empower disadvantaged women on Long Island to enter the workforce by providing job coaching, educational and networking opportunities and interview suiting.
Firm Attorneys Co-Chair Presentation on Licensing Agreements at Touro Law Center
Ralph Rosella and William Gartland of the Firm's Corporate and Business Practice Group Co-Chaired a presentation on Licensing Agreements at the Touro Law Center seminar entitled "Big Data, Privacy and Intellectual Property Considerations for Doing Business Locally and Internationally on March 7, 2014.
Real Estate Practice Group Closes Construction Financing for New York City Developer
Scott Feuer and Dan McGrath of the Firm's Real Estate Practice Group represented the developer of a landmarked New York City loft building in the closing of a $53,000,000.00 construction financing.  The property will be converted to a luxury residential condominium with ground floor retail space.
"Employment Litigation: Building Your Case" Authored by Firm Attorney Published in the New York Law Journal
Russell Penzer of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group authored an article entitled "Employment Litigation: Building Your Case" which was published in the February 24, 2014 edition of the New York Law Journal.
Giuseppe Franzella Quoted in Long Island Business News

Giuseppe Franzella, an Associate in the Firm's Litigation Practice Group, was quoted in the article "Law Firms Targeting Data Breaches" in the Long Island Business News' February 19, 2014 Edition.  Mr. Franzella addressed the issue of security breaches targeting private information and the need for companies that collect and maintain such information to implement appropriate safeguards.

Zachary Murdock Serves as Judge at Long Island High School Ethics Bowl

Zachary Murdock of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group served as a finals judge for the fifth consecutive year at the Long Island High School Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the Squire Family Foundation. The 2014 competition held on February 1st at Hofstra University featured participants from schools throughout the region, with the winning team advancing to the National High School Ethics Bowl.

Sam Yedid Receives Leadership in Law Award from the Long Island Business News
Sam Yedid, Co-Chair of the Firm's Real Estate Practice Group, has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious 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. 
 
For over 35 years, Sam has provided advice and counsel to hundreds of clients in structuring and negotiating real estate transactions and related matters.  

Since 1998, Sam has been actively involved as a volunteer for the Long Island Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, having served in various positions including Vice Chairman of its 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. 

In 2004, together with a group of Long Island real estate professionals, Sam co-founded the Long Island Real Estate Group (“LIREG”) and today, he proudly serves as its Co-President.  LIREG (www.lireg.org) provides the real estate industry and allied trades a platform for giving back to the communities that have been the source of their success.  LIREG hosts educational programs and various social events each year in order to bring the real estate community together with the goal of raising funds for worthy causes.  Under Sam’s leadership, LIREG has made generous contributions to such organizations as Angela's House, Habitat for Humanity, Haven House/Bridges, Hospice Care Network, North Shore Holiday House, Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, Schneider Children's Hospital and Sunrise Day Camp.

"Arbitrating Employment Disputes: Factors to Consider" Authored by Firm Attorney Published in the New York Law Journal

Russell Penzer of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group authored an article entitled "Arbitrating Employment Disputes: Factors to Consider" which was published in the November 4, 2013 edition of the New York Law Journal.

Russell Penzer and Giuseppe Franzella Installed as President-Elect and Treasurer of the Federal Bar Association's Eastern District of New York Chapter

Russell Penzer and Giuseppe Franzella of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group were recently installed as President-Elect and Treasurer, respectively, of the Federal Bar Association's Eastern District of New York Chapter. 

The EDNY Chapter of the Federal Bar Association has been serving the federal practitioners of Long Island and the New York City Metropolitan Area since February 2007 and currently has over 100 members comprised of prosecutors, criminal defenders and individuals from private practice, public interest and the Federal Bench. 

The mission of the Association is to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and the needs of the federal practitioner, both public and private, the federal judiciary and the public they serve.

The Board of Officers and Directors, comprised of federal judges, federal practitioners and law students, assembles once a month to discuss plans for the Chapter, organize programs, activities and social events to bring the Chapter together to educate attorneys and foster camaraderie and professional relationships amongst colleagues of the bar and the bench.   

Amy L. Silver Joins the Firm as a Partner in the Real Estate Practice Group
The Firm is proud to welcome Amy L. Silver as a Partner in the Real Estate Practice Group.  Mrs. Silver is a 1997 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  She is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.  Mrs. Silver was formerly a partner at a prominent New York City law firm.
Six Firm Attorneys Named to 2013 "Super Lawyers" Lists
Six attorneys from Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C. have been selected for inclusion on the "Super Lawyers" list or the "Rising Stars" list in the 2013 Super Lawyers New York Metro Edition.  

The following four partners of the Firm have been named to the "Super Lawyers" list:

David Lazer (Appellate Practice)
Zachary Murdock (Business Litigation)
Russell Penzer (Business Litigation)
Samuel Yedid (Real Estate)

The following two associate attorneys have been named to the "Rising Stars" list:

Guiseppe Franzella (Business Litigation)
Todd Gardella (Business Litigation)

Super Lawyers, a publication of Thompson Reuters, 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.

Ralph Rosella Featured in Long Island Business News
Ralph Rosella, Managing Partner of the Firm and Chairman of the Corporate and Business Practice Group was featured in the Long Island Business News' Who's Who in Corporate Law, June 21-27, 2013 Edition.  Mr. Rosella discussed the use of cutting edge law firm technology in order to best serve our clients in the global marketplace.
"Basics of Fair Labor Standard's Acts Requirements and Exemptions" Authored by Firm Attorney Published in the New York Law Journal
Russell Penzer of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group authored an article entilted "Basics of Fair Labor Standards Act’s Requirements and Exemptions" which was published in the June 25, 2013 edition of the New York Law Journal.
Ralph Rosella Presents at Intellectual Property Seminar

Ralph Rosella, the Firm's Managing Partner and Chairman of the Corporate and Business Practice Group, gave a presentation on monetizing an IP portfolio and technology licensing at Touro Law School as part of an Intellectual Property Rights Seminar sponsored, in part, by the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

"Requiring Sellers to Attempt to Mitigate Damages on Property Buyers' Default" Authored by Firm Attorney Published in the New York Law Journal
Zachary Murdock, a Partner in the Firm's Litigation Practice Group, authored an article entitled "Requiring Sellers to Attempt to Mitigate Damages on Property Buyers' Default" which was published in the New York Law Journal on May 1, 2013.
Stephen Abeyta Joins the Firm as an Associate
Stephen Abeyta recently joined the Firm as an associate in the Banking Litigation Practice Group.  Mr. Abeyta, a 2008 graduate of the Fordham University School of Law, will be based in the Firm's West Palm Beach office.
David Lazer Presents at Suffolk County Bar Association Seminar
David Lazer, Chairman of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group, presented on the subjects of commercial litigation and the commercial parts at the Suffolk County Bar Association continuing legal education program entitled "Bridging the Gap" held on March 23, 2013.
William Gartland Serves as Panelist at Hofstra Law School Seminar

William Gartland, a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate and Business Practice Group, served as a presenter on a panel of experts at a presentation entitled “What a Corporate Lawyer Needs to Know” held at Hofstra Law School on March 22, 2013.

Firm Sponsors 16th Annual 15K Charity Race to Benefit Families Afflicted by Brain Tumors
On March 16, 2013, the Firm sponsored its 16th Annual Kings Park 15K Race to benefit families afflicted by brain tumors.
"Examining Restrictive Covenants in Physicians' Contracts" Written by Firm Attorneys Published in the New York Law Journal
Steven Aptheker and Russell Penzer of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group co-authored an article entilted "Examining Restrictive Covenants in Physicians' Contracts" which was published in the March 12, 2013 edition of the New York Law Journal.
Zachary Murdock Serves as Judge at Long Island High School Ethics Bowl
Zachary Murdock of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group served as a judge for the fourth consecutive year at the Long Island High School Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the Squire Family Foundation.  The 2013 competition held on February 2nd at Molloy College featured a record number of participants from schools throughout the region, with the winning team advancing to the National High School Ethics Bowl.
Firm Named to Prestigious 2013 Top Ranked Law Firm List

Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C. is proud to announce that it has been selected as a 2013 Top Ranked Law Firm by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®.  To achieve this distinction, a firm must have a minimum of 10 attorneys and at least one in every three of its attorneys must have achieved an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating.  This rating indicates that the rated lawyer has been deemed by his or her peers to have demonstrated the highest level of ethical standards and legal ability.  LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings are driven by the confidential opinions of lawyers and members of the judiciary who provide reviews of lawyers about whom they have professional knowledge.  The Firm is one of only 11 law firms on Long Island (and one of only three in Suffolk County) to receive this honor.

"Importance of Effective Jury Instructions on Front Pay" Written by Firm Attorneys Published in the New York Law Journal

Russell Penzer and Maryam Franzella of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group co-authored an article entitled "Importance of Effective Jury Instructions on Front Pay" which was published in the January 3, 2013 edition of the New York Law Journal.

Russell Penzer Named to the Long Island Business News "40 Under 40" List
Russell Penzer of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group been selected as a member of the Class of 2013 for the Long Island Business News' "40 Under 40" award, honoring professionals for their business leadership and community involvement.
Tara Primis Serves as Judge for Prestigious Mock Trial Competition

Tara Primis of the Firm's Real Estate Practice Group served as a judge for the 17th Annual Yale Mock Trial Invitational Tournament.  Students from 40 schools across the country including Yale University, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania and Tufts University were invited to compete in a mock trial of a fictional case created by the American Mock Trial Association.  Each round is judged and scored by attorney volunteers.

Corporate and Business Group Closes on Acquisition of Le Mystère

Martin Semel and William Gartland of the Firm's Corporate and Business Practice group represented a privately held garment manufacturer in the acquisition of Le Mystère, an upscale foundations brand generating annual sales of $25 million with products distributed at major department and specialty retailers, such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales and Dillards in the U.S., Harrods and John Lewis in the U.K., and specialty boutiques worldwide.

David Lazer Presents at Suffolk Academy of Law Seminar

David Lazer, Chairman of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group, presented on the subject of settlement strategies in commercial litigation at the Suffolk Academy of Law program entitled “Advice from the Experts: Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in New York State Courts” held on October 11, 2012.

Amber Curtis Joins the Firm as an Associate

Amber Curtis recently joined the Firm as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group.  Ms. Curtis, a 2012 graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, will be based in the Firm's West Palm Beach office.

Giuseppe Franzella Appointed to the Federal Bar Association Board of Officers and Directors
Giuseppe Franzella of the Firm's Litigation practice group has been appointed to the Board of Officers and Directors of the Federal Bar Association's Eastern District of New York Chapter.  The EDNY Chapter has been serving federal practitioners of Long Island and the New York City Metropolitan Area since February 2007 and holds CLE programs, activities and social events to bring the Chapter together to educate attorneys and foster camaraderie and professional relationships amongst colleagues of the bar and the bench.
Russell Penzer Named to Super Lawyers Rising Stars List
Russell Penzer of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group has been selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers New York Rising Stars 2012 - Metro Edition List.
"Rethinking Tort Claims in Employment Discrimination Cases" Written by Firm Attorneys Published in New York Law Journal
Steven Aptheker and Russell Penzer of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group co-authored an article entilted "Rethinking Tort Claims in Employment Discrimination Cases" which was published in the September 18, 2012 edition of the New York Law Journal.
Corporate and Business Group Closes $24,000,000 Sale of “Lip Product” Manufacturing and Marketing Company

Martin Semel and William Gartland of the Firm's Corporate and Business Practice group represented a privately held “lip product” manufacturer in the negotiation and closing of the approximately $24,000,000.00 sale to a global consumer products trading company of its worldwide manufacturing and marketing business of scented and flavored lip balms and glosses, including licensed products from brands such as Pepsi®, Disney®, Hershey’s®, Nestle®, Smurfs®, Wrigleys®, Dairy Queen®, Nickelodeon®, Dora the Explorer® and SpongeBob SquarePants®.

 

Firm Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Founded on August 3, 1987 as a commercial boutique, the Firm has steadily grown during the past 25 years and today is proud to include more than 35 attorneys in over a dozen practice areas.  Thank you to the many clients that we have been privileged to represent over the years.  We are excited about our future and look forward to continuing to serve you in the years to come.

Lisa A. Azzato Joins the Firm's Litigation Practice Group
Lisa A. Azzato recently joined the Firm as an associate in the Banking Litigation Practice Group.  Ms. Azzato is an experienced litigator, having practiced for more than 20 years, most recently as a solo practitioner.  She serves as a mediator and arbitrator on the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association and as a mediator for the Supreme Court Commercial Division Mediation Programs in both Suffolk and Nassau counties.  Ms. Azzato is a former Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of Islip and is a 1988 graduate of Emory University School of Law.
Firm Sponsors Charity Golf Outing to Benefit Long Island Businesses and Residents
The Firm is a proud sponsor of the 13th Annual Golf Outing to benefit the Community Development Corporation of Long Island, a not-for-profit organization that supports Long Islanders pursuing their housing and small business dreams. Scott Feuer, a Partner in the Firm's Real Estate Practice Group, is serving on the Event Committee and wishes to thank the many clients and colleagues in the business community who are generously supporting this worthy cause with donations and sponsorships. 
Ray S. Evans Joins the Firm as Of Counsel in the Corporate and Business Practice Group
The Firm is proud to welcome Ray S. Evans as Of Counsel in the Corporate and Business Practice Group. For over 50 years, Mr. Evans has advised public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions and capital formation. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Evans was a partner in the law firms of Javits and Javits and Ruskin Moscou Evans and Faltischek, P.C. He is a former President and director of General Training Services (OTC) and several private companies in which he participated in management. Mr. Evans is a graduate of Baruch College of The College of the City of New York and New York Law School where he was an editor of the Law Review. Mr. Evans also attended New York University Graduate Law School where he studied federal taxation.
Russell Penzer Named as Secretary of Federal Bar Association's E.D.N.Y. Chapter
Russell Penzer, a Partner in the Firm's Litigation Practice Group, was recently named Secretary of the Federal Bar Association's Eastern District of New York Chapter.
"Indemnification: A Clause Not to be Overlooked" Authored by Firm Attorney Published in the Suffolk Lawyer
William Gartland, a Partner in the Firm's Corporate and Business Practice Group, authoried an article entitled "Indemnification: A Clause Not to be Overlooked" which was published in the March 2012 edition of the Suffolk Lawyer.
Sam Yedid Elected President of the Long Island Real Estate Group
Sam Yedid, co-chair of the Firm's Real Estate Practice Group, has been elected President of the Long Island Real Estate Group (LIREG). LIREG provides the real estate industry and allied trades a platform for real estate-related charitable giving and networking. Since its inception, LIREG has made generous contributions to such organizations as Angela's House, Habitat for Humanity, Haven House/Bridges, Hospice Care Network, North Shore Holiday House, Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, Schneider Children's Hospital and Sunrise Day Camp.
"Breach of Non-Compete Agreements: Establishing Damages" Written by Firm Attorneys Published in the Suffolk Lawyer
Steven Aptheker and Russell Penzer of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group co-authored an article entitled "Breach of Non-Compete Agreements: Establishing Damages" which was published in the December 2011 edition of the Suffolk Lawyer.
Decision on Abandonment of Railroad Easement Discussed by David Lazer in the New York Law Journal
David Lazer, Chairman of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group, was quoted in the New York Law Journal on October 12, 2011 in an article reporting on a July 22, 2011 Nassau County Supreme Court decision. The Firm's client, a major Long Island home furnishings company, sought summary judgment in an action to declare that a former railroad spur easement which ran across its property for the benefit of an adjacent property owner, had been abandoned and was therefore extinguished. The Court awarded summary judgment to the plaintiff, holding that the defendant had performed or acquiesced in the performance of acts inconsistent with the easement which evidenced the defendant's unequivocal intention to abandon the easement.
Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee to be Co-Chaired by Robin Abramowitz
Robin Abramowitz, a Partner in the Firm's Litigation Practice Group, has been appointed co-chair of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee for the Suffolk County Bar Association for the 2011-2012 year.
Corporate and Business Group Closes $200,000,000 Financing for Manufacturing Business
Martin Semel and William Gartland of the Firm's Corporate and Business Practice group represented a privately held garment manufacturer in the negotiation and closing of a $200,000,000 syndicated loan.
Corporate and Business Group Closes Sale of Multiple Dunkin' Donuts Franchises
William Gartland of the Firm's Corporate and Business Practice group represented a franchisee in the negotiation and closing of the sale of four Dunkin Donuts franchises.
Robin Abramowitz Appointed to St. John's Episcopal Hospital Development Board
Robin Abramowitz, a Partner in the Firm's Litigation Practice Group, has been appointed to serve as a Board Member on the St. John's Episcopal Hospital Development Board.
Daniel J. McGrath Joins the Firm as an Associate
Daniel J. McGrath recently joined the Firm as an associate in the Corporate and Business, Real Estate and Litigation Practice Groups. Mr. McGrath is a 2009 graduate of Notre Dame Law School.
Firm Attorneys Represent Various Property Owners in Workouts Relating to Distressed Real Estate
The Firm's debtor/creditor attorneys are currently representing property owners in negotiations and litigations to challenge, modify or otherwise workout over $250,000,000 in financings relating to distressed real estate.
"Effect of Recession on Damage Awards in Employment Cases" Co-Authored by Firm Attorneys Published in the New York Law Journal
Russell Penzer and Maryam Franzella of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group co-authored an article entitled "Effect of Recession on Damage Awards in Employment Cases" which was published in the New York Law Journal on May 3, 2011.
Firm Sponsors 15K Charity Race to Benefit Families Afflicted by Brain Tumors
On March 19, 2011, the Firm sponsored its 14th Annual Kings Park 15K Race to benefit families afflicted by brain tumors.
Real Estate Group Closes $24,000,000 Refinancing of Coram Apartment Complex
Sam Yedid and Scott Feuer of the Firm's Real Estate Practice Group represented the owner of a 200 unit apartment complex in Coram, New York in the closing of an approximately $24,000,000 refinancing of the project.
Firm Partners Named to Pulse Magazine's 2011 "Top Legal Eagles" List
Firm partners Robin Abramowitz, Steven Aptheker, David Lazer, Zachary Murdock, Ralph Rosella, Scott Feuer, Matthew Lamstein and Samuel Yedid were named to Pulse Magazine's 2011 "Top Legal Eagles" List of the top-rated attorneys in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
"Aggressive Defense is Now an Option in Foreclosure Actions" Written by Firm Attorneys Published in the New York Law Journal
Russell Penzer and Giuseppe Franzella of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group co-authored an article entitled "Aggressive Defense is Now an Option in Foreclosure Actions" which was published in the New York Law Journal on February 28, 2011.
Jessica M. Moore Joins the Firm as an Associate
Jessica M. Moore recently joined the Firm as an associate in the Corporate and Business Practice Group and the Real Estate Practice Group. Ms. Moore is a 2007 graduate of Georgetown University School of Law (J.D.) and a 2010 graduate of New York University School of Law (LL.M. in Taxation).
"Foreclosure Actions: Is Federal Court a Viable Option?" Written by Firm Attorneys Published in the New York Law Journal
Steven Aptheker and Russell Penzer of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group co-authored an article entitled "Foreclosure Actions: Is Federal Court a Viable Option?" which was published in the New York Law Journal on January 3, 2011.
Jennifer Silvestro Promoted to Partner
Jennifer Silvestro of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group has been promoted to Partner, effective January 1, 2011. Ms. Silvestro was formerly an Associate.
William Gartland Promoted to Partner
William Gartland of the Firm's Corporate and Business Practice Group has been promoted to Partner, effective January 1, 2011. Mr. Gartland was formerly an Associate.
Stony Brook University Student Group Successfully Challenges Closing of Southampton Campus
David Lazer and Russell Penzer of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group successfully represented a group of students from Stony Brook University's Southampton Campus, as well as a not for profit corporation, in an action challenging the University's decision to close the Southampton Campus. On October 20, 2010 Suffolk County Supreme Court entered a judgment annulling the determination to close the Southampton Campus.
Lazer Aptheker Rosella Yedid Expands and Relocates Florida Office
On October 1, 2010, the Firm expanded and relocated its Florida office to the 16th Floor at CityPlace Office Tower, a 300,000 square foot Class-A office building on Okeechobee Blvd. in downtown West Palm Beach. The location is viewed as one of the best commercial sites in Palm Beach County, anchoring the "gateway" to Palm Beach, less than 10 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport, a quarter of a mile from I-95 and directly across the street from the Palm Beach County Convention Center. As Ralph Rosella, Managing Partner of the Firm was recently quoted: "We recognize the strong business connection between New York and Florida and look forward to having an increased presence in the South Florida market to capitalize on our strategic alliances. We are confident that our new location will facilitate this, in addition to affording us the opportunity to grow and strengthen our emphasis in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate transactions and real estate."
Eric Horbey Joins the Firm as an Associate
Eric Horbey recently joined the Firm as an Associate in the Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Horbey is a 2008 graduate of the George Washington University School of Law and former law clerk to the Honorable Arlene R. Lindsay, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York.
Amelia Lister Joins the Firm as an Associate
Amelia Lister recently joined the Firm as an Associate in the Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Lister is a 2006 graduate of the Cornell University Law School.
Joseph Savino Admitted to Florida Bar
Joseph Savino, a Partner in the Firm's Litigation Practice Group, recently passed the Florida bar examination and was admitted to practice in the State of Florida.
Harvey A. Nussbaum Joins the Firm as Managing Paratner of Our Florida Office
Harvey A. Nussbaum recently joined the Firm as the managing partner of our newly established Florida office. Mr. Nussbaum has nearly three decades of experience in matrimonial, commercial, real estate and probate litigation. Mr. Nussbaum is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri (B.A., Dean’s List, 1976) and Nova Law School (J.D., 1979) where he was a member of the Law Review.
"Broad Scope May Trigger Catastrophe for the Unwary" Written by Firm Attorneys Published in the New York Law Journal
Russell Penzer and Giuseppe Franzella of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group co-authored an article entitled "Broad Scope May Trigger Catastrophe for the Unwary" which was published in the New York Law Journal on May 12, 2010.
"Analyzing Securitized Mortgages on Commercial Property" Written by Firm Attorneys Published in the New York Law Journal
Steven Aptheker and Russell Penzer of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group co-authored an article entitled "Analyzing Securitized Mortgages on Commercial Property" which was published in the New York Law Journal on March 11, 2010.
Firm Receives Award from the Greater Long Island Running Club for Supporting Running, Fitness and Good Health on Long Island
On September 24, 2009, the Firm was selected to receive the 2009 President's Award from the Greater Long Island Running Club, an annual award presented by GLIRC to the individual or organization that has been most instrumental in support of running, fitness and good health on Long Island during the past year. The Firm is honored to receive this award and proud to support GLIRC's efforts to promote physical fitness on Long Island.
Corporate and Business Group Closes $14,000,000 Acquisition of Manufacturing Company
Martin Semel and William Gartland of the Firm's Corporate and Business Practice group represented a privately held garment manufacturer in the negotiation and closing of an approximately $14,000,000.00 acquisition of another privately held garment manufacturer.
Maryam Parvaneh Joins the Firm as an Associate
Maryam Parvaneh recently joined the Firm as an Associate in the Litigation Practice Group and was admitted to the bar on May 6, 2009. Ms. Parvaneh is a 2008 graduate of Fordham Law School.
Corporate and Business Group Closes $30,000,000 Financing for Manufacturing Company
Martin Semel and William Gartland of the Firm's Corporate and Business Practice group represented a privately held garment manufacturer in the negotiation and closing of a $30,000,000.00 increase to its existing credit facility.
Litigation Group Wins Appeal in Anti-Discrimination Case Against a Long Island Country Club Which Denied Admission Based on Religion
In a case discussed in the Wall Street Journal on June 25, 2009, Russell Penzer, Partner in the Firm's Litigation Practice Group, recently won a decision in the Appellate Division, Second Department, in a major anti-discrimination action against a Long Island country club. Our client is a member of a club that admitted members based upon a quota system that sought to "balance" the number of Jewish members ("J" members), Christian members ("C" members), those with mixed marriages ("M" members), and those classified as "O" for others. The client challenged this practice as a form of illegal discrimination, noting that persons who would have otherwise gained admission to the club were excluded due to their religion if their admission would upset the club's religious "balance." In an action before the New York State Division of Human Rights, Mr. Penzer successfully argued that country clubs that open themselves to various uses by non-members, as the client's club did, are "places of public accommodation" and, as such, are covered by the state Human Rights Law. These types of clubs, therefore, may not accept or reject members based upon a religious or racial litmus test. The initial decision by an administrative law judge who presided over the hearing on the matter was adopted by the Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights and confirmed by the Appellate Division in February 2009 decision. This case is likely to have far-reaching implications for country clubs in New York State. Any club that permits non-members to use facilities or services in some fashion is now deemed covered by the Human Rights Law. Any such club, therefore, that engages in discriminatory admissions or membership practices no longer has the ability to shield those practices from the requirements of the state's principal anti-discrimination statute.
Real Estate Group Negotiates Major Law Firm Lease at the Omni Building on Behalf of RXR
As reported in the New York Law Journal on March 4, 2009, James Devine and Louis Fiore, Partners in the Firm's Real Estate Practice group, represented RXR Realty in the negotiation of a 35,000 square foot lease for the headquarters of a major Long Island law firm at the Omni Building in Uniondale, New York.
Litigation Group Successfully Negotiates Plea Arrangement in Grand Larceny Case
David Lazer of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group recently negotiated a plea arrangement for a criminal defendant charged with Grand Larceny for stealing more than $38,000.00 from a little league baseball program in a much publicized case. The Nassau County District Attorney's Office recommended to the Court a sentence of 1-3 years in state prison. Despite that drastic recommendation, the Firm's attorneys were able to persuade the Court to accept a guilty plea with a sentence of 16 weekends in county jail, plus a term of probation, to which the defendant agreed. Through persistent advocacy, the Firm's attorneys subsequently convinced the judge to eliminate the jail portion of the sentence entirely and instead impose only a probation term, restitution and community service.
Litigation Group Secures Supreme Court Judgment in Law Firm Partnership Dispute Over Partner Loan
David Lazer of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group recently secured a significant judgment for a client against a law firm partnership and its surviving partner, who resides and practices law in Florida. The client loaned money to the partnership at the request of his then-attorney, the New York-based partner in the partnership. After loaning the partnership hundreds of thousands of dollars over several years, purportedly secured by a mortgage on the home of the New York attorney, that attorney committed suicide, leaving an unpaid balance on the client's loans of more than a quarter-million dollars. The client also discovered that the loans were never secured with a mortgage on the attorney's home; the attorney had forged the his wife's signature on mortgage documents, pulled the equity out of his home and spent it for his own ends. The Firm commenced an action in New York State Supreme Court against the law firm partnership for failing to repay the loans. After the defendant law firm defended the case throughout, it failed to appear for trial and a default judgment was obtained. The Firm's attorneys conducted a trial on damages, winning a total judgment for the client in excess of $400,000, including $60,000 in legal fees and costs. Through our Florida office, the Firm converted the client's New York judgment into a Florida judgment in order to pursue the surviving partner in that state.
Giusippe Franzella Admitted to Florida Bar
Giuseppe Franzella, an Associate in the Firm's Litigation and Corporate and Business Practice Groups, recently passed the Florida bar examination and was admitted to practice in the State of Florida.
Litigation Group Wins Verdict in Supreme Court on Behalf of Chiropractor Alleged to Have Breached Restrictive Covenant in Contract for Sale of Practice
On March 27, 2008, the Firm won a non-jury verdict in Supreme Court, Suffolk County, on behalf of our client, a chiropractor, in a dispute over a contract for the sale of her chiropractic practice to the purchaser/plaintiff. The plaintiff claimed that our client had breached the restrictive covenant contained in the contract, and sought monetary damages. Our client counterclaimed for damages stemming from the plaintiff's failure to pay the remainder of the note in accordance with the contract. Russell Penzer and Giuseppe Franzella of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group successfully argued before the Hon. Peter Fox Cohalan that the plaintiff did not suffer any damages from the alleged breach and therefore was not entitled to recovery, and that our client was entitled to payment of the note. Justice Cohalan, ruling from the bench, found in favor of our client and denied recovery to the plaintiff.
Touro Law Center Named in Honor of Justice Leon Lazer, Counsel to the Firm
On October 21, 2007, the new Touro Law Center in Central Islip was dedicated. The Dean announced that the four story atrium at the entrance to the building has been named in honor of Justice Leon Lazer, counsel to the Firm. Justice Lazer is a professor at the Touro Law School and Chair of the Pattern Jury Committee.


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