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Six Firm Attorneys Named to 2018 “Super Lawyers” Lists

Six attorneys from the Firm have been re-selected to the “Super Lawyers” or “Rising Stars” lists in the 2018 Super Lawyers, New York Metro Edition. Re-selected for inclusion on the “Super Lawyers” list are the following attorneys: David Lazer (Business Litigation); Zachary Murdock (Business Litigation); Russell Penzer (Business Litigation); and Samuel Yedid (Real Estate). Also selected for inclusion on the “Super Lawyers” James Devine (Real Estate). Re-selected to the “Rising Stars” list is Giuseppe Franzella (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.

William Gartland Closes Acquisition of Private Label Apparel Company

William Gartland, a partner in the Firm’s Corporate and Business practice group, represented a privately held global apparel manufacturer in the acquisition of a private label apparel company designing/selling women’s and juniors’ sleepwear, leisurewear, robes, daywear and innerwear for brands including Disney®, Nickelodeon®, Warner Bros®, Harry Potter®, Star Wars® and others.

Giuseppe Franzella Appointed President-Elect of the Federal Bar Association’s Eastern District of New York Chapter

Giuseppe Franzella of the Firm’s Litigation practice group has been appointed as the President-Elect 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.

Pro Bono Matter: Settlement with Town on Re-Levy of Omitted Taxes Based on Loss of Veteran’s Exemption on the Property

Robin S. Abramowitz of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group successfully settled with the Town Assessor after filing a petition to strike from the client’s tax bill over $12,000 of real estate taxes re-levied based on the loss of the Veteran’s exemption.  The re-levy of taxes was retroactively applied by the Town for more than the immediately preceding year  in violation of the Real Property Law. The matter was handled on a pro bono basis when a senior citizen received notice of the re-levy of taxes in excess of $12,000 which would have caused her to default on the payment of her real estate tax bill.

Successful on Motion for Summary Judgment on both Liability and Damages in Action Against Former Commercial Tenant for Rent and Use and Occupancy Where Defendant Claimed it Was Constructively Evicted and There Was No Agreement as to Amount of Use and Occupancy When Lease Term Expired

Robin S. Abramowitz of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group was successful on plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment where defendant opposed the motion on the basis that it was constructively evicted and that there was no agreement as to the amount of use and occupancy. The court found that (i) plaintiff made a prima facie showing of entitlement to judgment for rent, use and occupancy, real estate taxes and late fees in the form of business records; (ii) defendant failed to raise any triable issues of fact as the plaintiff’s submission established defendant remained in possession beyond the lease term; and (iii) for the recovery of use and occupancy there is an implied continuance of the tenancy on the same terms and subject to the same covenants as contained in the original lease.