It is with profound sadness that the Firm announces the passing of The Honorable Leon D. Lazer, our treasured colleague, mentor, and friend. Judge Lazer, father of David Lazer, one of our founding partners, was counsel to the Firm from its inception, concentrating in appellate advocacy. Following his proud active duty with the U.S. Army in W.W.II, Judge Lazer’s stellar and tireless life in the law included serving with distinction as an attorney in private practice, as Town of Huntington Town Attorney, as Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice and Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, as Professor at Touro Law School and as Director of its Institute for Local and Suburban Law, and, for nearly 40 years, as Chairman of the New York State Pattern Jury Instructions Committee.
A 2012 edition of the Touro Law Review included a tribute by Dean Glickstein, aptly titled “Leon Lazer: The Giant Among Us.” We mourn the giant’s passing but will be forever grateful to have had him among us, to have had the incalculable benefit of his wisdom, and to have learned from his example what it means to “love the law.” Our deepest sympathies are with David and his family.
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:
Robin S. Abramowitz, a partner and co-chair of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group, has been selected as a 2018 recipient of the Outstanding Women in Law Award by the Maurice A. Dean School of Law at Hofstra University. This award is presented to women who have made meaningful and inspiring contributions to the legal community. The award ceremony will be hosted by Judge A. Gail Prudenti, Dean of the Maurice A. Dean School of Law at The Milleridge Inn in Jericho, New York on April 24, 2018.
Steve Aptheker, a co-founder and former managing partner of the Firm, and a partner in the Litigation and Transactional practice groups, will be receiving a MoXY Award at a luncheon on April 26th at the Mansion at Oyster Bay honoring men who have advanced the careers of women. Moxxie Mentoring Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation established in 2012 to expand the mentoring program activities formerly performed under the auspices of Moxxie Network LLC. Its mission is to support and foster the career advancement and leadership development of young women through generational mentoring, and since 2010, Moxxie has mentored over 275 young women. Moxxie believes that women are an integral and vital part of business and that women’s innate skills and perspectives add real value to the profitability, culture and operations of an organization. Moxxie further believes that men play an equal role in this campaign and must be included in Moxxie’s efforts. Mr. Aptheker shares these beliefs and has played a key role advancing the careers of several women at the Firm. We congratulate Mr. Aptheker, and we applaud Moxxie for recognizing his efforts.
Six attorneys from the Firm have been re-selected to the “Super Lawyers” or “Rising Stars” lists in the 2017 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.
Giuseppe Franzella of the Firm’s Litigation practice group has been appointed as the Vice President 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.
The Firm is sponsoring its 20th Annual Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C., Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2017. 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.
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, 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.