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Six Firm Attorneys Named to 2016 “Super Lawyers” Lists

Six attorneys from the Firm have been re-selected to the “Super Lawyers” or “Rising Stars” lists in the 2016 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.

Firm Attorneys, David Lazer and Zachary Murdock, Secure $930,000 Appellate Victory for Estate

David Lazer and Zachary Murdock, partners in the Firm’s Appellate Practice Group, obtained an appellate reversal resulting in a decree increasing the net assets of an estate by more than $930,000. In Matter of Kohn, _ A.D.3d _ (2d Dep’t November 2, 2016), a dispute had arisen in an estate proceeding concerning the interpretation of the decedent’s prenuptial agreement with the respondent wife. The wife had argued successfully to the Surrogate that a provision, which stated that the agreed lump sum to be paid to the widow by the husband’s estate would be reduced by the amounts of “any accounts that pass to [the wife] by operation of law” upon the husband’s death, required only half the value of the couple’s joint accounts to be subtracted because she already owned a one-half interest in those accounts. The Appellate Division, Second Department agreed with the Firm’s appellate counsel that, “[s]ince both parties advanced reasonable interpretations of the disputed provision,” the Surrogate should have considered the executor’s evidence, including deposition testimony from the widow’s transaction attorney, confirming that the parties’ intention was that the full amount of any joint accounts (over $1.8 million at the date of death) should be subtracted.

Russell Penzer Named to the “Ones to Watch” in the Long Island Business News

Russell Penzer of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group named as one of the “Ones to Watch” in the field of law in the October 14, 2016 edition of the Long Island Business News. Mr. Penzer’s practice covers a wide array of litigation in both federal and state courts. Mr. Penzer, who was named to the Super Lawyers list of top lawyers in 2013, 2014 and 2015, is active in the community, as the immediate past president of the Federal Bar Association’s Eastern District of New York Chapter and as an active volunteer with the Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island.

William Gartland, a Partner in the Firm’s Business Law and Corporate Law Practice Group, Selected as a 2016 Recipient of the Leadership in Law Award by the Long Island Business News

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.

Robin S. Abramowitz presents program entitled “Neutralizing the Litigator Mentality in Arbitration and Mediation” at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Association for Conflict Resolution

Robin S. Abramowitz, a partner in and co-chair of the Firm’s Litigation practice group, along with Lisa Renee Pomerantz, Esq., presented the program “Neutralizing the Litigator Mentality in Arbitration and Mediation” at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Association for Conflict Resolution held in Baltimore, Maryland.
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