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:
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 proud to welcome Gaël A. Beriro as Of Counsel to the Real Estate Transactions Practice Group in the Firm’s Florida office. Mr. Beriro is a graduate of Boston College (BA) and The University of Denver Strum College of Law (JD), and he began his legal career as a water rights and environmental attorney, practicing in Boulder Colorado from 1992 to 1996. He represented industrial clients in compliance matters related to the many Federal and State environmental laws such as CERCLA, RECRA, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act. Mr. Beriro then went to work at one of the largest international insurance companies as a financial risk underwriter and product manager. After seven years in the corporate and business world, he returned to private legal practice in 2002 in Palm Beach County Florida, working for the firms of Stambaugh & Tarone, P.A. and Mandel, Weisman, Heimberg & Brodie, P.A. as a commercial real estate and business transactions attorney before opening his own practice in 2006. Mr. Beriro is a member of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, and the Real Estate Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.
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.