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Firm Sponsors East End Arts Annual Gala, ARTworks 2017

The Firm sponsored the East End Arts annual gala, ARTworks 2017, held on May 6th. Firm Counsel Lisa Azzato and Christina Rosas attended on behalf of the Firm. Funds raised at the ARTworks 2017 Spring Gala support the programming for the East End community, as well as provide art and music lesson scholarships to area children who otherwise might not be able to afford participation in the arts. Lisa Azzato, Counsel in the Firm’s Litigation and Zoning and Land Use practice groups, serves as Vice President of East End Arts Board of Directors. Christina Rosas, Counsel in the Firm’s Trusts and Estates and Real Estate practice groups, evidences a similar commitment to community through her longstanding service on the Board of Directors of Nassau/Suffolk Law Services. This is the third year that the Firm has served as a sponsor of this East End Arts event which helps sustain East End Arts’ mission to build and enrich our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration. A link to press coverage of the event is provided below.

David Lazer, with the assistance of Todd Gardella, Served as the Attorney-Coach to a Local High School Mock Trial team in the 2017 New York State Bar Association-Sponsored Mock Trial Competition

David Lazer, of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group, with the assistance of Todd Gardella, of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group, served as the attorney-coach to a local high school mock trial team in this year’s New York State Bar Association-sponsored Mock Trial Competition. Mr. Lazer’s team, Northport High School, entered this year’s Suffolk County tournament as the #5 seed in all of Suffolk County. After winning two rounds and advancing to the semifinals, Northport was eliminated by the #1 seed. The High School Mock Trial program provides an excellent opportunity for young people to learn about the law and take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a courtroom. After several years in the program, some of the really talented high school students exhibit trial skills that rival those of admitted attorneys. A number of the Northport students that participated in the program have gone on to become attorneys.

Lisa Azzato Served as a Judge in the Touro Law Center’s Fourth Annual Moot Court Competition in Law and Religion Held on April 2, 2017

Lisa Azzato, Counsel in the firm’s Litigation and Zoning and Land Use practice groups, served as a judge in the Touro Law Center’s Fourth Annual Moot Court Competition in Law and Religion which was held on April 2, 2017. Twenty-eight teams from across the United States competed in the event. Awards were presented to individual law students and student teams for first and second place, for the top three best briefs, and for the top six oral arguments.

Firm Attorneys Close an Acquisition, Rehabilitation Structure and Financing of a 140 Unit Apartment Complex in Decatur, Georgia

Matt Lamstein and Rebecca Calzontzi of the Firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, together with William Gartland and Max Sender of the Firm’s Corporate and Business Practice Group, closed the acquisition, rehabilitation structure and financing of a 140 unit apartment complex in Decatur, Georgia, at a purchase price of $5,500,000. Mr. Lamstein and Ms. Calzontzi represented the buyer in both its acquisition and an $8,000,000 financing. The transaction included a like-kind exchange and tenancy-in-common structure. Mr. Gartland and Mr. Sender assisted with the corporate structuring of the transaction including the formation of the owner and management entities, drafting and negotiation of the operating agreements and tenancy-in-common agreements and the preparation and completion of all required securities filings. In addition, the project involved a major rehabilitation component. Mr. Gartland also assisted in the drafting and negotiation of a construction contract with the seller who will be responsible for construction and completion of the rehabilitation and renovation of the project post-closing.

Alexander Gayer Named to the “Ones to Watch” in the Long Island Business News

Alexander Gayer of the Firm’s Corporate and Business Practice Group named as one of the “Ones to Watch” in the field of law in the March 10, 2017 edition of the Long Island Business News. Mr. Gayer represents privately owned companies in all facets of their businesses, from negotiating and drafting shareholder, operating and partnership agreements and employment contracts, to negotiating and drafting documents related to the acquisition or sale of a business. He represents clients in connection with raising capital through private securities offerings. Mr. Gayer is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law.
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