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.

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, in mortgage foreclosure cases, 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.

Robert N. Zausmer

Robert N. Zausmer was re-named a Member of the firm in March 2009.  Previously he held the position Of Counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.’s litigation practice group located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y., having rejoined the firm in April 2007.

Mr. Zausmer focuses his practice in all aspects of civil litigation and criminal law, including motion practice, trials and appeals. Mr. Zausmer has extensive experience in cases involving all areas of Surrogate Court litigation, non-competition and restrictive covenants in employment contracts; shareholder disputes; dissolution of closely-held corporations; representation of attorneys in disciplinary proceedings; and representation of defendants in criminal cases.

Prior to rejoining the firm, Mr. Zausmer served as Associate General Legal Counsel to The Robert Plan (Woodbury, NY), a client he represented over the years.  Mr. Zausmer joined Meyer, Suozzi originally in 1983 as an Associate and was made a partner in1984, a position he held for 20 years.  From 1979 to 1983 he was an attorney at the general practice firm on Peirez, Ackerman & Levine in Great Neck.  Mr. Zausmer served as Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office from 1973 until 1979, during which time he worked in the Appeals Bureau, County Court Felony Trial Bureau, and the Major Offense Bureau.

Jack Rubinstein

Jack Rubinstein has been a Member of the Tax Certiorari and Condemnation practice at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. since 1993. His office is in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. Mr. Rubinstein provides a full range of real estate tax assessment services representing his clients in commercial and residential tax assessment reduction proceedings, projecting real estate taxes in connection with the purchase, development and improvement of properties, and advising clients regarding tax exemptions. Mr. Rubinstein has handled hundreds of tax certiorari cases involving both commercial and residential properties. These cases have resulted in substantial refunds. In the area of eminent domain, his representation has helped property owners and tenants obtain damages against county, town and local condemning authorities.

Mr. Rubinstein is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level of professional excellence and he has been recognized by Long Island Pulse Magazine as one of the region’s “Top Legal Eagles”.

Prior to joining Meyer, Suozzi in 1986, Mr. Rubinstein was an associate with a large tax certiorari law firm in New York City.

Richard Eisenberg

Since January 2008, Richard Eisenberg has been Of Counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y., practicing in the Corporate law, Corporate Finance, Real Estate and Litigation and Dispute Resolution practices. Mr. Eisenberg has a broad range of litigation experience in areas including contracts, securities fraud, RICO, anti-trust, land title matters, patent infringement, insurance coverage disputes, construction claims, corporate valuations and criminal matters.  He has conducted jury and non-jury trials to verdict, as well as arbitrations and mediations, in the State and Federal courts throughout the New York metropolitan area. His appellate practice includes appearances before the Appellate Division, Second Department, the New York State Court of Appeals, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  In his transactional work, Mr. Eisenberg has counseled clients in corporate reorganizations, internal investigations, bankruptcy, real estate financing, contracts, deferred compensation programs, intellectual property matters, mergers and acquisitions, tax matters, environmental compliance and the selection and supervision of outside counsel and accountants.

 

Has served as the owner’s representative or project executive on approximately 100 million dollars of completed real estate development projects, both public and private. For these projects, he was responsible for land acquisition, planning, zoning, commercial and retail leasing, mortgage lending, property management, construction agreements and supervision of architects, engineers and contractors.

Has served as General Counsel to numerous privately held corporations with interests in military manufacturing, software consulting, consumer products, engineering, construction and property management. In that position, he has directed mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, government and commercial contracts, regulatory compliance and the supervision of litigation throughout the United States.

Mr. Eisenberg began his career as a Kings County Assistant District Attorney, where he prosecuted felony cases including homicides and public corruption matters. During part of his tenure as an Assistant DA, he was assigned to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York from 1977 to 1978.

Lois Carter Schlissel

Lois Carter Schlissel chairs the Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. Board of Directors. As Board Chair, she is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Mrs. Schlissel served as the firm’s Managing Attorney from 2002-2017.

In addition to her management role, Mrs. Schlissel heads the firm’s Employment Law practice and is an active member of the Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution department. She counsels clients with respect to federal and state employment laws, compliance issues, and personnel matters and litigates significant commercial cases as well as claims arising under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act.

Mrs. Schlissel is a member of the Board of Overseers of Northwell Health System, the Board of Directors of the Long Island Association and the Adelphi University Board of Trustees.

Mrs. Schlissel is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level of professional excellence. She was honored for her “extraordinary service to the community and superb lawyering” by the Nassau County Bar Association, We Care Fund in 2012. She was also recognized by Long Island Pulse Magazine in 2010 and 2011 as one of the region’s “Top Legal Eagles”. In 2007 she was recognized as one of the Best Attorneys on Long Island by the Long Island Press. Mrs. Schlissel was named by Long Island Business News (LIBN) as one of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women, and was admitted into the LIBN Top 50 Hall of Fame. The Long Island Center for Business & Professional Women conferred its Achievers’ Award in the Field of Law on Mrs. Schlissel and she was named a “Woman Achiever Against the Odds” by the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls.

 

Tried and won several jury trials in commercial and employment cases in state and federal courts.

Conducted internal investigations in various industries including insurance, professional services and non-profits, concerning allegations of bribery, administrative misconduct, discrimination and sexual improprieties and worked with upper management to deal with attendant legal and personnel issues.

 

Mrs. Schlissel has written and lectured extensively before bar associations, employment groups and professional organizations. She has given numerous media interviews and provided commentary relating to Federal civil practice, employment law issues, workplace discrimination and sexual harassment.

Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Mrs. Schlissel was a law clerk at the New York State Court of Appeals and, thereafter, a litigation associate in the New York City office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP.

Stephen P. Scaring

Stephen P. Scaring is a Criminal Defense attorney who is Of Counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. in Garden City, Long Island, New York.  Mr. Scaring concentrates his practice in criminal law and white collar criminal matters. He was an Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Homicide Bureau in Nassau County from 1969 to 1977, and also served as a Special Prosecutor in Suffolk County prior to entering private practice in 1977.

Mr. Scaring has been recognized by New York Super Lawyers Magazine, New York Metro edition for the past five years and was selected in 2008 by the New York State Bar Association for the Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award for Outstanding Defense Practitioner.  He is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence.

Mr. Scaring has served as an Associate Professor of Law and Psychiatry at C. W. Post College.

Kevin Schlosser

Kevin Schlosser is a Member and the Chair of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. Mr. Schlosser has been involved in all aspects of state and federal litigation since starting his legal career in 1984. An experienced civil litigator, Mr. Schlosser has engineered the legal strategy for a broad range of cases and arbitrations, including complex commercial disputes, business torts, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, professional liability and malpractice claims, construction law, real estate and commercial landlord-tenant disputes, corporate and partnership disputes, ERISA, health law, Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act class actions, employment and restrictive covenants, intellectual property, products liability, insurance claims and defense, including disability insurance claims and the prosecution and defense of other tort-related claims. His clients consist of some of the largest companies in the world, as well as local businesses and individuals, including senior law partners, accountants, doctors and others in the professions. A proven appellate lawyer, he is also an accomplished trial attorney, whose victories include million-dollar recoveries and a record-breaking jury verdict.

In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Schlosser also acts as general outside corporate counsel, advising corporate clients on the full spectrum of legal affairs. Mr. Schlosser receives referrals for most of his clients from other practicing attorneys (often former adversaries) and existing clients. Because of his experience in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court in Nassau County, Mr. Schlosser is also frequently tapped to serve as local Long Island counsel to many other law firms in New York City and out of state.

 

Won a $12.6 million judgment in a jury trial in the Commercial Division, Nassau County, in a breach of contract case involving a stock purchase agreement

Won at trial in Commercial Division, New York County, defeating $1.2 million commission claim by Trump Securities

Appeared as special litigation counsel to the National Football League and obtained the immediate vacatur of an injunction through an order of the Appellate Division in Long Island, thereby permitting the NFL to pursue its policy of mandatory drug testing of professional football player

Successfully defended a $65 million shareholder derivative action alleging breach of fiduciary duties and corporate waste against the former president of a public bank, resulting in the entire action against the president being dismissed with no monetary payment from the president and his counsel fees being reimbursed in their entirety by the bank

Successfully defended a $25 million action alleging several counts of fraud, breach of contract and business torts against the largest casino operator in the world

Obtained summary judgment dismissing case and prevailed on appeal to the First Department and Court of Appeals  in an action alleging damages of over $20 million, asserting intentional interference with contract and interference with business relations against largest casino operator in the world

Prevailed on appeal to the Second Department to sustain claim of punitive damages in a commercial fraud and breach of fiduciary duty action

Prevailed after trial in dispute between senior law partners concerning the proper method for allocating fees in cases handled by the law firm

Obtained injunctive relief on behalf of product manufacturer/seller in federal district court barring competitors from selling competing, offending product, and prevailed after trial in challenge to the injunction

Obtained final judgment against large manufacturer’s competitor and former employee under restrictive covenants and non-disclosure agreements based upon claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract

Obtained highest jury award on record for damages in an action for nuisance and interference with real property rights on behalf of property owners in the Supreme Court, Suffolk County

Obtained jury verdict on behalf of international distributor-commercial tenant on the ground of constructive eviction even though tenant continued to remain in the leased premises for lengthy period of time, in which jury awarded tenant significant monetary damages against the landlord and relieved the tenant of any further obligation for rent on remaining lease term after the tenant moved to new space

Obtained summary judgment against insurer on behalf of insured manufacturer declaring that insurer must defend underlying false advertising and Lanham Act claims pending in federal district court

Obtained favorable resolution of several actions arising from partnership dispute and sale of real property in New York City, including $14 million fraud claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims and breach of contract

Recovered, by way of judgment and settlements, millions of dollars on behalf of disabled professionals and other employees under private and ERISA disability insurance policies

Spearheaded as general outside counsel to an international manufacturer (the largest of its kind in the world) the favorable settlement of a $25 million products liability action after several rounds of mediation, successfully resolving complex insurance issues and coordinating three outside defense firms in the defense of the client

As general outside corporate counsel to an international manufacturer, provides on-going oversight of all legal affairs of the company, including employment, regulatory, acquisitions and joint ventures, licensing and intellectual property transactions, distribution agreements, independent contractor agreements, operating agreements and related matters

 

Mr. Schlosser serves in various teaching capacities: He is a member of the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy; has chaired the Continuing Legal Education Program on New York Civil Motion Practice at Hofstra Law School; and is a member of the Continuing Legal Education faculty panel of the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association Academy of Law, where he instructs experienced practicing attorneys. He has given CLE seminars and presentations with some of the most prominent judges in the state and federal courts, including Supreme Court Commercial Division Justices Timothy S. Driscoll, Vito M. DeStefano, Stephen Bucaria, Emily Pines, Elizabeth Hazlitt Emerson, Saliann Scarpulla and Thomas Whelan, Appellate Division Justices Leonard Austin, Karla Moskowitz, Barbara Kapnick and federal judiciary such as U.S. District Court Judges Shira Scheindlin, Richard J. Sullivan and Nicholas G. Garaufis and Magistrate Judges A. Kathleen Tomlinson, Arlene R. Lindsay and William Wall. Many of Mr. Schlosser’s activities can be viewed in detail by clicking on the relevant links to the left. Click here to view details from meetings of Nassau County Bar Association’s Commercial Litigation Committee, which Mr. Schlosser chaired from 2013-2015.

Mr. Schlosser has written extensively on many aspects of the law, publishing numerous articles over twenty years in leading legal publications. He has authored the “Litigation Review” column for the New York Law Journal and served on the Board of Editors of the Nassau Lawyer, which is the official publication of the Nassau County Bar Association.  Many of Mr. Schlosser’s articles can be viewed by clicking on the “Publications” link to the left. He is also the author of a blog, www.nyfraudclaims.com, which covers new developments concerning claims of fraud and misrepresentation in civil litigation under New York law.

Active in charitable organizations, Mr. Schlosser received the 2003 Leadership Award presented by the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  He also serves as a faculty member of the Construction Management Institute, sponsored by the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors, helping minority-owned contractors enhance their developing businesses.

During law school, Mr. Schlosser was a Member and then Articles Editor of the Hofstra Law Review. In his capacity as Articles Editor, Mr. Schlosser interacted with and edited articles of some of the most prominent and well-respected legal scholars, including law professors, evidence experts and Congressional leaders. He also clerked for the Honorable George C. Pratt, United States Circuit Court Judge, where he drafted several court decisions, including a complex antitrust ruling.  He also obtained valuable trial experience while clerking in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he assisted in the prosecution of several major felony cases. Mr. Schlosser graduated law school with the highest honors. Additionally, he was a founding officer of a national criminal justice honor society at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York.

At the outset of his career, Mr. Schlosser acquired intensive litigation experience, having been trained at two, prominent firms based in New York City: Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, and Chadbourne & Parke. In 1990, he became an associate of one of Long Island’s largest law firms, where he rose to the level of a managing partner and head of its litigation department, the largest group in the firm. After joining Meyer, Suozzi and becoming a Member in 2002, Mr. Schlosser was appointed Co-Chair of the firm’s litigation department in November 2002. In 2006, Mr. Schlosser became Chair of the litigation department.  He is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Mr. Schlosser is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence.  Mr. Schlosser was recognized by Long Island Pulse Magazine in 2010 and 2011 as the region’s “Top Legal Eagle for Litigation.” In 2016, Mr. Schlosser was inducted as the President of the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court. Mr.Schlosser has also been named to the New York Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in New York from 2012-2017.