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Four Meyer Suozzi Attorneys Receive LIBN 2017 Leadership in Law Awards

Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. is pleased to announce that four of our esteemed attorneys have been named Long Island Business News’ Leadership in Law honorees. The Leadership in Law Awards recognize dedicated individuals whose leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, has had a positive impact on Long Island. Recipients of this award demonstrate outstanding achievements, involvement in their profession, support of the community and mentoring.

The selected Meyer Suozzi attorneys reside in the firm’s Garden City office and represent four of our 19 practice areas. Leadership in Law award recipients include:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard G. Fromewick, a Member of the firm and Chair of the Tax Certiorari and Condemnation practice, which centers on providing a full range of real estate tax assessment services. These include representation with respect to all types of commercial and residential properties in tax assessment reduction proceedings, projection of real estate taxes in connection with the purchase, development and improvement of properties, and advising with respect to tax exemption matters. Mr. Fromewick has successfully represented at trial numerous owners and tenants in proceedings to reduce real property taxes and regarding claims against the State of New York and its municipalities based on the taking of land or other real property rights. He has handled a substantial number of tax certiorari cases involving large commercial properties that have remediation/pollution problems, which have resulted in sizable refunds for his clients. His expertise in the field has resulted in precedent setting decisions in his clients’ favor.

Partner Award: Patricia Galteri, Managing Attorney of Meyer Suozzi, Chair of the firm’s Management Committee, and Chair of the firm’s Wills, Trusts & Estates Department. Her practice includes the development of estate and family business plans to ensure the tax efficient transfer of wealth to the next generation while meeting the specific personal goals of her clients.  She implements such plans through the use of wills and grantor trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, generation skipping trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts and other arrangements designed to transfer property at little or reduced gift tax cost to selected beneficiaries. Nomination of agents under Powers of Attorneys and Health Care Proxies also play an important role in effecting her clients’ intentions.

Of Counsel Award: Brian Stolar, Of Counsel, practices in the firm’s Local Government, Land Use Law and Environmental Compliance, Government Relations, Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Real Estate practice groups. Mr. Stolar represents both public and private sector clients. In the private sector, Mr. Stolar represents property owners, developers, small businesses and major corporations in obtaining municipal approvals in both simple and complex land development projects.

Associate Award: Michael Kwiatkowski, an Associate in the firm’s Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization practice group. 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.