Location: Garden City, Long Island, NY


Elisa M. Santoro

Elisa M. Santoro is an Associate in the Wills, Trusts & Estates Law Department at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. Ms. Santoro focuses on estate planning for high net worth clients including the preparation of wills and a multitude of trusts designed to minimize estate and gift taxes, including Grantor Trusts, QPRTs, CRUT/CRATs, and ILITs. She handles all facets of estate and trust administration, including the preparation of estate tax returns, and estate and trust accountings, as well as will and accounting contests and guardianship proceedings.  In addition, Ms. Santoro has extensive experience in residential and commercial real estate matters and all aspects of land use and zoning proceedings.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Santoro was an Associate with John J. Randall, Esq. in Long Island. Prior to that, she was a law clerk for the Law Offices of Christopher W. Newton in La Jolla, California. During law school, Ms. Santoro was a staff writer for the California Western Law Review & International Law Journal, where she also received the American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law.

Steven T. Cheng

Steven T. Cheng is an Associate in the Corporate Department at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. Steven focuses his practice on general corporate law, securities law, corporate finance and other transactional matters. He assists both public and private companies in all stages of development in a variety of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, ongoing SEC reporting compliance, and public and private offerings of securities. Steven also represents partnerships and limited liability companies in their formation, day-to-day operations and business transactions.

Represented a transnational pharmaceutical company in connection with its acquisition of a privately-held pharmaceutical company.

Represented a publicly-traded medical device company in connection with its participation as lead investor in a venture capital financing and the grant to the public company of an option to acquire the private company based on future milestones

Prior to joining the firm, Steven was an Associate with Brown Rudnick, LLP.

Charles O’Shea

Charles O’Shea is Of Counsel at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., where he practices within the firm’s Government Relations group. Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Mr. O’Shea was the Director of Government Relations for the New York State Department of Transportation’s New York City Region. While serving there, he was the liaison between the State Department of Transportation and all federal, state and city elected officials representing the five boroughs of New York City,  and was responsible for interagency cooperation on transportation projects with federal, state and city governments.

Mr. O’Shea has had extensive experience in the political-government process at the New York State and local levels. He was elected Chairman of the Nassau County Board of Assessors where he served as the Administrator of the Nassau County Department of Assessment and as the County’s Director of Real Property Services. As Assessor, he supervised the County’s first reassessment, in over 60 years, of its 400,000 plus residential and commercial properties.

For over a decade, Mr. O’Shea was a member of the New York State Assembly where he served as the Ranking Member of the Assembly Insurance Committee and as a member of the Ways and Means, Banks, and Social Services Committees. He was elected as an Executive Board Member of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL).

Mr. O’Shea was formally Of Counsel to the firms Feder, Goldstein, Tanenbaum, D’Errico & Arnedos, LLP and Lysaght, Lysaght & Kramer. He began his legal career as a Legal Assistant in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. He subsequently was appointed as a Deputy Nassau County Attorney in the Family Court Bureau and later in the Litigation Bureau.

 

Alexander Berger

Alexander Berger is a Member of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. and is Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Law group located in Garden City, New York. Mr. Berger represents land proprietors and developers in all aspects of transactional real estate, including the management, construction, acquisition, disposition and financing (construction, acquisition, joint venture and mortgage conduit loans) of commercial properties regionally and nationwide.

In addition, Mr. Berger represents landlords and tenants in all types of commercial real estate lease transactions including space leases, “big box” leases, ground leases and build-to-suit leases. He regularly drafts and negotiates letters of intent, brokerage agreements, and leases and subleases for landlords and tenants.

Mr. Berger also has extensive experience in structuring and facilitating like-kind exchanges under IRC §1031.

$67 million sale of multi-family property located in Brooklyn, NY.

$58 million acquisition and ancillary securitized financing of portfolio properties located in Woodbury, MN; Texarkana, TX; Joliet, IL and St. Augustine, FL.

Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Mr. Berger was a Partner in the Real Estate practice group at Westerman Ball Ederer Miller Zucker & Sharfstein, LLP. Mr. Berger is fluent in Russian.

 

Michael Kwiatkowski

Michael Kwiatkowski is an Associate with the Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization practice group at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. Mr. Kwiatkowski’s practice includes advising clients in the area of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights with significant experience in representing debtors and creditors in chapter 7 and chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. He also has extensive expertise in representing financial institutions on lender liability issues and in commercial litigation, with a particular focus on state and federal court litigation in New York and New Jersey.

Mr. Kwiatkowski began his legal career before starting law school. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal, he worked as a legal assistant for a bankruptcy and commercial litigation law firm. While a law student at Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Kwiatkowski served as an intern to the Honorable Jerome Feller of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York and Judge Bernard J. Fried of the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court, and he interned with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Kwiatkowski also served as an Executive Board member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and as a Barry L. Zaretsky Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Center fellow while in law school.

Handled numerous lender liability matters, including mortgage-related litigation and direct actions, on behalf of mortgage lender and servicers.

Successfully defended a major banking institution in an action claiming negligent misrepresentation and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing under a revolving credit agreement.

Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Mr. Kwiatkowski worked at several prominent law firms, including Hogan Lovells US LLP, where he concentrated on bankruptcy law, mortgage foreclosures, and commercial litigation.

Lauren B. Grassotti

Lauren B. Grassotti is Of Counsel to the Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Employment Law practice groups at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. Ms. Grassotti regularly counsels clients of all levels on labor and employment matters including family and medical leave, disability questions, employee handbooks, employee discharge and discipline, wage and hour issues, employment contracts, and severance agreements.  Ms. Grassotti’s litigation practice includes contract disputes, commercial paper, business torts, shareholder and partnership disputes, intellectual property litigation, and various employment-related issues and statutes, along with regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. She represents clients in a wide range of industries, including financial services, legal, accounting, hospitality, real estate development and management, manufacturing, and recycling and waste management.  Ms. Grassotti is experienced in all aspects of litigation, including pre-litigation investigation and claim assessment, development of litigation strategy, pleadings, depositions, discovery (including electronic discovery), expert discovery, motions, preparing cases for trial, trial and appeals, and regularly practices before state and federal trial and appellate courts.  Ms. Grassotti also has substantial experience conducting internal investigations and responding to regulatory subpoenas and inquires.

From 2015-2017, Ms. Grassotti was named to the New York Super LawyersRising Star list. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are recognized by Super Lawyers for this recognition.

Represented licensor and inventor of novel camouflage technology in connection with disputes against licensees involving claims arising under parties’ license agreements, trade dress infringement and patent-related declaratory judgment counterclaims.

Represented related limited liability companies and majority members in related disputes against minority member involving fiduciary duty, contract, and intellectual property claims.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Grassotti was an associate in the litigation department at Greenberg Traurig, LLP in New York City.

James D. Garbus

James D. Garbus is a Member of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., and is Chair of the Corporate Law Department, Co-Chair of the Corporate Finance Practice, and Co-Chair of the Cybersecurity practice. Mr. Garbus represents established as well as start-up businesses, providing day-to-day general corporate representation including legal and business advice to management on strategic planning (including exit strategies) and operational issues as they arise. Mr. Garbus focuses his practice in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance (representing both issuers and investors and including seed, private equity, and venture capital transactions and mezzanine and acquisition financing). Mr. Garbus also represents banks, other debt providers, and borrowers in lending transactions (including senior secured and subordinated debt facilities). He has experience in structuring and forming complex joint ventures, limited partnerships and limited liability companies.

Represented private equity firm in roll-up acquisition of multiple international semiconductor businesses and subsequent sale to an international public company

Represented manufacturer of products for the aerospace and military markets in sale to a private equity firm

 

Since 2010, Mr. Garbus has been recognized annually as a top corporate attorney in Long Island Business News’ Who’s Who in Corporate Law.

Mr. Garbus is also the co-founder of a film finance and production company.  He is the producer of several independent films and other productions.  He is also a former member of the Board of Naked Angels theater company in New York City.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Garbus was in private practice since 2003.  Before that, Mr. Garbus was a Partner at Jenkens & Gilchrist Parker Chapin, LLP (successor to Parker Chapin LLP) and an Associate at Breed Abbott & Morgan LLP where he practiced in the Corporate Department.

 

Daniel B. Rinaldi

Daniel B. Rinaldi is an Associate in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Cybersecurity practice groups at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.

Mr. Rinaldi represents individuals and businesses, including not-for-profits and municipalities, in litigation in state, federal, and alternative dispute resolution fora.

Mr. Rinaldi practices in areas of the law such as contracts, labor and employment, business torts, including interference with contractual relations, misappropriation of trade secrets, and fraudulent conveyances, corporations and other business organizations, including partnerships and LLCs, insurance, and civil rights.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Rinaldi was an Associate in the Litigation Department at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in New York City.

Hon. Ira B. Warshawsky

Justice Ira B. Warshawsky, ret. is Of Counsel in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution practices at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. Since joining the firm, the judge has handled mediations with a concentration in multiple areas including construction, personal injury and business disputes. The Judge serves not only as an advocate, representing clients in commercial litigation, but also as a mediator, arbitrator, litigator, private judge, special master and referee, especially in the area of business disputes and the resolution of electronic discovery (E-Discovery) issues. The Judge is also a member of NAM’s arbitration and mediation panels. Judge Warshawsky was a distinguished member of the New York judiciary for 25 years. Immediately prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, he served as a Supreme Court Justice in one of the State’s leading trial parts — the Commercial Division — where he presided over all manner of business claims and disputes, including business valuation proceedings, corporate and partnership disputes, class actions and complex commercial cases.

Judge Warshawsky started his career in public service as a Legal Aid attorney in 1970 when he was Assistant Chief of the Family Court branch in Queens County. He served as a Nassau County Assistant District Attorney in the District and County Court trial bureaus from 1972 to 1974. Following these four years of prosecution and defense work he became a law secretary, serving judges of the New York State Court of Claims and County Court of Nassau County. In 1987 he was elected to the District Court and served there until 1997. In 1997 he was elected to the Supreme Court of the State of New York where he has presided in a Dedicated Matrimonial Part, a Differentiated Case Management Part and sat in one of the county’s three Dedicated Commercial Parts until 2011.

Judge Warshawsky has been active in numerous legal, educational and charitable organizations during his career. The Judge recently served as an expert in New York Law in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands. He has also served as a lecturer in various areas of commercial, civil and criminal law, most recently in the area of e-discovery and its ethical problems. He frequently lectures for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) at Hofstra and Widener Law Schools. The Judge currently serves as a contributing editor of the Benchbook for Trial Judges published by the Supreme Court Justices Association of the State of New York. He has served as a member of the Office of Court Administration’s Civil Curriculum Committee. In 2010, while still on the bench, he was named the official representative of the New York State Unified Court System to The Sedona Conference®, a leading organization credited with developing rules and concepts which address electronically stored information in litigation. The judge is currently a member of the Advisory Board of The Sedona Conference.

As a judge in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, he authored several informative decisions dealing with the discoverability and cost of producing electronic materials as well as determining “fair value” in corporate dissolution matters. He has presented numerous seminars on electronic discovery to practicing lawyers through the ABA, the NYSBA, the Nassau Bar Association and private corporate law forums.

In 1996 Judge Warshawsky was the recipient of EAC’s Humanitarian of the Year Award, in 1997 he received the Nassau County Bar Association President’s Award, in 2000 he received the Former Assistant District Attorneys Association’s Frank A. Gulotta Criminal Justice Award and in 2004, the Nassau Bar Association’s Director’s Award. He is also past president of the Men of Reform Judaism, the men’s arm of the Union of Reform Judaism, the parent body of the Reform movement of Judaism. In 2013, 2015, and 2016, Judge Warshawsky was voted as one of the top 10 Arbitrators in a New York Law Journal reader’s poll. In 2016, he was also named an “ADR Champion” by the Naonal Law Journal.

In 2017, Judge Warshawsky was given a ProBono Award at the Nassau County Bar Association’s Access to Justice for being one of Nassau’s attorneys to provide the most pro bono hours of service in 2016.

Michael A. Serpico

Michael A. Serpico is an Associate in the firm’s Personal Injury Department at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. Mr. Serpico has significant experience in state and federal civil litigation from intake to appeal. He has also secured numerous successful appellate decisions, including Aloise v Saulo, 51 AD3d 829 [2d Dept 2008], Castro v Salem Truck Leasing, Inc., 63 AD3d 1095 [2d Dept 2009], Morreale v 105 Page Homeowners Assn., Inc., 2010 NY Slip Op 08714 [2d Dept 2010], Himmelberger v 40-50 Brighton First Rd. Apts. Corp., 2012 NY Slip Op 02636 [2d Dept 2012], Sorrentini v Netta Realty Group, 2012 NY Slip Op 07608 [1st Dept 2012], Torres v Saint Vincent’s Catholic Med. Ctrs. of N.Y., 2014 NY Slip Op 03256 [2d Dept 2014], Santoro v Geico, 14 NY Slip Op 03821 [2d Dept 2014], Balram v CJ Transp., LLC, 2015 NY Slip Op 02921 [2d Dept 2015], and 40-50 Brighton First Rd. Apts. Corp. v Henderson, 2015 NY Slip Op 25406 [App Term, 2d Dept, 2d, 11th and 13th Jud Dists 2015]

Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Mr. Serpico was the Senior Associate at the Law Office of Everett J. Petersson, P.C., in Brooklyn, New York. Previously, he served as a Judicial Law Extern for The Honorable Doris Ling-Cohan of New York State Supreme Court, who is now a Justice of the Appellate Term, First Department.