Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The Top 50 Attorneys of New York for 2022. This state is home to many well-established law firms and lawyers, both which are fundamental to the inner workings of the state. This year’s awardees serve in various fields including corporate, litigation, business, digital assets, real estate, trust and estate management, and more. Coming from a variety of firms, these individuals implement the highest quality of legal and client service, along with showcasing experience ranging from individuals to startups to Fortune 500 companies.
Among this year’s awardees is Kimberly Petillo-Decossard, Partner of Cahill Gordon & Reindel, who advises her clients on complex business law matters, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions; and Cheryl Vollweiler, Partner of Skarzynski Marick & Black, who is an accomplished insurance coverage and defense attorney providing her clients with candid and accessible counsel; and Fernando Bohorquez, Partner of Baker & Hostetler, who counsels clients in complex commercial litigation, data privacy, and data security matters.
The dedication and commitment of this year’s awardees has not gone unnoticed year after year. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 50 Attorneys of New York for 2022.
1. Jessica Chen
Partner of White & Case
Jessica Chen is a Partner of White & Case, a global law firm with longstanding offices in the markets that matter today. She first joined the company in 2010. White and Case’s on-the-ground experience, cross-border integration and depth of local, US and English-qualified lawyers help their clients work with confidence in any one market or across many. They guide their clients through difficult issues, bringing their insight and judgment to each situation. Their innovative approaches create original solutions to their clients’ most complex domestic and multijurisdictional deals and disputes.
Chen earned a JD from Cardozo School of Law and an undergraduate degree in English and French from Cornell University.
2. Jessica Falk
Partner of Weil Gotshal & Manges
Jessica Falk is a Partner of Weil Gotshal & Manges. Falk has over 21 years in the law practice industry and began her career in 2001. Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for the past 90 years. With approximately 1,100 lawyers in offices on three continents, the firm has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed them to partner with clients wherever they do business. The firm’s four departments including corporate, litigation, restructuring & tax, executive compensation & benefits, along with the two dozen (and more) practice groups are consistently recognized as leaders in their respective fields.
Before joining Weil Gotshal & Manges, Falk was a legal intern at Gartner + Bloom, P.C. Falk graduated from Boston University School of Law with a JD and from Boston University with an undergraduate degree in Political Science.
3. Geoffrey Peck
Partner of Morrison & Foerster
Geoffrey Peck is a Partner of Morrison & Foerster. He began his professional career over 24 years ago. Morrison & Foerster transforms complexity into advantage with their collective intelligence by shaping powerful, legal strategies that move businesses forward while living their shared values. They solve the most critical multidimensional challenges in a way that provides clarity around risk and gives their clients confidence in their chosen path. They pair diversity of perspective with a strategic consultative approach to craft the tailored strategies needed and foster trusted partnerships that are defined by winning for when it matters most. Their clients include some of the largest financial institutions, Fortune 100 companies, and leading technology and life sciences companies.
Peck first got his start in 1998 as an Associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. From there, he went on to Citigroup Global Markets Inc. as an SVP. Peck graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School with a JD and from Boston University with an undergraduate degree in Communications and Political Science.
4. Fernando Bohorquez
Partner of Baker & Hostetler
Fernando Bohorquez is a Partner of Baker & Hostetler. He first joined the company in 2002. Recognized as one of the top firms for client service and quality of legal services, Baker & Hostetler is a leading law firm that helps clients around the world address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With six core practice groups – business, digital assets and data management, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, and tax – the firm has lawyers in offices across the United States and in more than 100 countries. The firm was founded in 1916 by Newton D. Baker, Joseph C. Hostetler and Thomas L. Sidlo. Today, they have more than 1,000 attorneys contributing to the success of their clients.
Previously, Bohorquez was a law clerk at United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia. Bohorquez earned JD from New York Law School, a master’s in law from Georgetown University Law Center, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware.
5. Janet Henner
Partner of Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy
Janet Henner is a Partner of Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy. Founded in 1951, Fragomen represents a broad range of companies, organizations and individuals to help facilitate the transfer of employees worldwide and provide immigration support in more than 170 countries. An Am Law 100 and Global 100 firm, Fragomen’s professionals are respected leaders in the immigration field, as recognized by Chambers, Best Lawyers and Who’s Who. The firm employs more than 4,900 immigration professionals and support staff located in over 55 offices across the Americas, Asia Pacific and EMEA. Henner has over 25 years in the legal services industry and began her career in 1997.
Before joining Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy, Henner was an Attorney and Advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges. Henner graduated from Tulane University Law School with a JD and from Brandeis University with an undergraduate degree in Economics.
6. Steven Slutzky
Partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Steven Slutzky began his professional career over 29 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of Debevoise & Plimpton. Debevoise & Plimpton is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. Their clients look to them to bring a distinctively high degree of quality, intensity, and creativity to resolve legal challenges effectively and cost efficiently. Deep partner commitment, industry experience and a strategic approach enable them to bring clear commercial judgment to every matter. Approximately 800 lawyers work in ten offices across three continents, within integrated global practices, serving clients around the world.
Slutzky graduated from New York Law School with a JD and from Lehigh University College of Business with an undergraduate degree in Finance and General.
7. Kimberly Petillo-Decossard
Partner of Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Kimberly Petillo-Decossard is a Partner of Cahill Gordon & Reindel and joined the company in 2004. Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP was founded in 1919 and quickly built a national reputation for excellence in the financial and corporate areas. During the mid to late 1930's, the firm earned status as a “Securities Act” firm. During and even after the Second World War, under the leadership of John T. Cahill, the legendary former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the firm grew dramatically. Maintaining its innovative corporate law practice, Cahill is also among the leading litigation firms in the nation.
Previously, Petillo-Decossard was an HR, Recruiting and Staffing Manager at GE Power. Petillo-Decossard earned a JD from Albany Law School and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Government from Furman University.
8. Mark Reich
Partner of Levi & Korsinsky
Mark Reich is a Partner of Levi & Korsinsky. Levi & Korsinsky, LLP is a leading plaintiffs’ law firm that has recovered billions of dollars for defrauded investors in global securities litigation. The firm is exclusively dedicated to fighting for aggrieved shareholders and consumers, and obtaining redress from those who have harmed them. The firm has a successful track record of protecting shareholder rights while setting ground-breaking precedent by tackling cases that require substantial resources, time, and tenacity, thus resulting in greater investor recoveries. Reich has over 19 years in the law practice industry and began his career in 2003.
Prior to joining Levi & Korsinsky, Reich was a Partner and Of Counsel at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP. Earlier in his career, he worked with Nixon Peabody LLP as an Associate. Reich graduated from Brooklyn Law School with a JD and from Queens College with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Journalism.
9. Howard Schiff
Partner of Emmet Marvin & Martin
Howard Schiff began his professional career over 16 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of Emmet Marvin & Martin. The firm is committed to a tradition of excellence and was founded in 1805, making it one of the oldest law firms in continuous existence in the United States. They have represented their largest institutional client for over 175 years. An uncompromising commitment to high quality legal service by generations of fine lawyers has established their reputation for excellence. They are proud of their tradition, but they also understand that for their clients, it is their firm's ability, expertise, and capacity today that is important to their needs in a changing global economy.
Schiff graduated from Brooklyn Law School with a graduate degree.
10. Charles McKeen
Partner of Leech Tishman Robinson Brog
Charles McKeen is a Partner of Leech Tishman Robinson Brog and joined the company in 2022. Leech Tishman Robinson Brog is a full-service law firm dedicated to assisting individuals, businesses, and institutions. The firm offers legal services in business restructuring & insolvency, corporate matters, employment & labor, estates & trusts, intellectual property, litigation & alternative dispute resolution, and real estate. In addition, the firm offers a wide range of legal services to clients in the aviation & aerospace, cannabis, construction, emerging cyber technologies, energy & natural resources, healthcare, and hospitality industries. The firm has locations in nine cities across the states.
Previously, McKeen was a Partner at Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck P.C. and before that, a Principal Attorney at Charles E. McKeen, Attorney at Law. Earlier in his career he worked with Leeds Morelli & Brown, P.C. as an Associate. McKeen earned a JD from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, an MA, and an undergraduate degree from Ball State University.
11. Lawrence Hirsh
Senior Partner of Polsinelli
Lawrence Hirsh is a Senior Partner of Polsinelli. Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 950 attorneys in 23 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and relationships, Polsinelli attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight and focus on health care, real estate, finance, technology, private equity, and corporate transactions. Hirsh has over 38 years in the law practice industry and began his career in 1984.
Before joining the firm, Hirsh was a Partner at Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck P.C. and before that, a Senior Counsel at Dewey & LeBoeuf. Earlier in his career he worked with Shea & Gould as an Attorney. Hirsh graduated from The George Washington University Law School with a JD and from the University at Albany, SUNY with an undergraduate degree in Political Science.
12. Thomas Slome
Partner of Cullen and Dykman
Thomas Slome began his professional career over 37 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of Cullen and Dykman, a full-service law firm that clients trust to deliver top-tier, cost-effective legal services. The firm began serving clients in 1850 out of a single law office in Brooklyn. Since then, they have grown into a dynamic, multi-faceted law firm with over 180 attorneys in seven locations throughout the Northeast and MidAtlantic regions. They embrace opportunities for growth and are fully prepared to meet a company’s or institution’s legal needs, currently and in the future, with proactive, forward-thinking, and results-oriented legal solutions.
Slome started his career in 1985 as an Associate at Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance). From there, he went on to Moses & Singer LLP, before eventually rising to Partner at
Rosen Slome Marder LLP. Slome graduated from Rutgers Law School with a JD and from Stony Brook University with an undergraduate degree in Economics.
13. Lissa Gipson
Partner of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin
Lissa Gipson is a Partner of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin and joined the company in 2018. Tarter Krinsky & Drogin is an NYC-based, mid-sized, full-service entrepreneurial law firm focused on effectively and efficiently representing a broad variety of middle-market businesses, as well as companies of all sizes. Their full-service practice includes real estate, construction, corporate & securities, corporate investigations, litigation, labor & employment, intellectual property, trusts & estates, tax, retail, bankruptcy & corporate restructuring, commercial finance, compliance and administrative law, COVID-19, reputation management, immigration, co-op & condominium law, not-for-profit & education and thriving international practice with a focus on Italy and China, among other areas.
Previously, Gipson was a Partner at Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP. Gipson earned a JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College.
14. Kurt Bratten
Partner of O'Connell & Aronowitz
Kurt Bratten is a Partner of O'Connell & Aronowitz. O’Connell and Aronowitz is one of the Capital District's oldest and most diverse law firms, having first opened its doors with only two attorneys in 1925. Since then, the firm has grown to 30 attorneys and is one of the area’s largest full-service firms with offices in Albany and Saratoga Springs. Their attorneys provide clients with representation and services in a broad range of disciplines and practice areas, while offering clients the resources of a big-city firm with the comfort and familiarity expected from a neighborhood lawyer. Bratten has over 20 years in the law practice industry and began his career in 2002.
Before joining O'Connell & Aronowitz, Bratten was an Attorney at Gesmer Updegrove LLP. Bratten graduated from New England Law in Boston with a JD and from the University of Mary Washington with an undergraduate degree in Political Science.
15. Robert Sutton
Partner of Proskauer Rose
Robert Sutton began his professional career over 24 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of Proskauer Rose. The world’s leading organizations, companies and corporations choose Proskauer Rose to be their representatives in their most critical situations and consider them a strategic partner to drive their business forward. They work with asset managers, major sports leagues, Fortune 500 companies, entertainment industry legends and other industry-redefining companies. They are entrepreneurial, inclusive, and committed to making a difference and have 800+ lawyers serving clients from offices located in the leading financial and business centers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
Sutton started in 1998 as an Associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. From there, he went on to Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a Partner. Sutton graduated from Fordham University School of Law with a JD and from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in History and Literature.
16. Peter Twombly
Partner of Fox Horan & Camerini
Peter Twombly is a Partner of Fox Horan & Camerini and joined the company in 2017. Fox Horan & Camerini LLP is located in New York City and develops close ties with its clients by guiding them with discretion and insight through complex, often multinational legal matters. The firm represents public and private companies and high-net-worth individuals on legal matters in the United States and abroad. Their clients include closely held multinational and state-owned enterprises, international entrepreneurs and a broad spectrum of manufacturing, financial and service businesses. The firm also represents families that control global businesses and assets, in both their corporate and personal interests. Many of their clients are based outside of the United States and have come to trust their ability to act on their behalf on a worldwide, general counsel basis, which is what makes the firm unique. The firm’s lawyers are both U.S. and internationally trained in a variety of disciplines.
Previously, Twombly was a Partner at McCarter & English, LLP. Twombly earned a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in French Studies from Middlebury College.
17. Ava Maynard
Partner of Gallo Vitucci Klar
Ava Maynard is a Partner of Gallo Vitucci Klar. Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP is a full-service litigation firm consisting of more than 70 attorneys and having an extensive practice dedicated to providing experienced and innovative legal services to both long-term and new clients. From the beginning, they have placed a premium on legal expertise, experience, and strong client commitment. Their firm consists of experienced trial and appellate attorneys that offer the highest quality legal representation in defending and counseling corporations and insurance companies in New York and New Jersey. Dedicated to providing experienced and cost-effective client representation, their lawyers also participate in a variety of local, national and international legal organizations that set the standards for the profession and enhance their knowledge of their specialty. Maynard has over 24 years in the law practice industry and began her career in 1998.
Before joining Gallo Vitucci Klar, Maynard was an Attorney at Sabatini & Associates. Maynard graduated from Cardozo School of Law with a JD and from Queens College with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Government.
18. Joseph Shur
Partner of Relin Goldstein & Crane LLP
Joseph Shur began his professional career over 33 years ago and is now a Partner of Relin Goldstein & Crane. Shur leads the firm, following in the tradition of founder Nathan Relin, who aggressively represented his clients while emphasizing collegiality to opponents and respect to their clients. The firm was established in Rochester, New York in 1927 and was a founding member of the Commercial Law League of America. The firm has developed methodology to produce the best results, while adhering to the highest ethical standards. The firm concentrates its practice in commercial and retail collections, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, and real property law. They practice foreclosure law through their sister firm, Fein, Such and Crane, LLP, with offices in Rochester, New York, and Parsippany, New Jersey.
Shur first got his start in 1989 as a Prosecutor at Monroe County District Attorney's Office. Shur graduated from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School with a JD and from the University at Buffalo with an undergraduate degree.
19. Lydia Gobena
Partner of Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu P.C.
Lydia Gobena is a Partner of Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu P.C. She first joined the company in 2000. The firm was founded in 1969 by Peter Weiss, Heinz Dawid, Alvin Fross and Ron Lehrman, who had been colleagues for more than a decade at what was then the leading international trademark firm. The firm is consistently recognized by clients and peers as one of the top IP law firms in the world. Many of their partners have been recognized year after year as the top lawyers in the field. Their extensive, worldwide experience of counseling and leading companies in their IP acquisitions, licenses, and disputes allows its clients a competitive advantage for global IP management.
Gobena earned an MLL from Georgetown University Law Center and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and History from the University of Toronto.
20. Caryn Keppler
Partner of Putney Twombly Hall & Hirson and Pierro Connor & Strauss, LLC
Caryn Keppler is a Partner of Putney Twombly Hall & Hirson. Founded by William B. Putney in 1866, Putney, Twombly Hall & Hirson LLP is one of the oldest law firms in New York City and one of few that has thrived for well over a century. Their archives chronicle the history of a firm that has earned respect in the legal profession for exceptional representation of its clients by outstanding, highly motivated lawyers who focus on results, personal attention and long-standing client relationships. Keppler has over 34 years in the law practice industry and began her career in 1988. Keppler is also a Partner at Pierro, Connor & Straus LLC.
Before joining the firm, Keppler was a Partner at Hartman & Craven LLP and before that, a Counsel at Saretsky Katz Drannof & Glass. Earlier in her career, she worked with Salans (formerly Christy & Viener) as an Associate. Keppler graduated from Brooklyn Law School with a JD and from Binghamton University with an undergraduate degree in English.
21. Lauren Ormsbee
Partner of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann
Lauren Ormsbee began her professional career over 22 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann (BLB&G). BLB&G is a leading law firm advising institutional investors on issues related to corporate governance, shareholder rights, and securities litigation. The firm has recovered over $37 billion for investors since its founding in 1983. In addition to obtaining many of the largest securities fraud recoveries in history, the firm has prosecuted seminal cases in which it has achieved precedent-setting corporate governance reforms on behalf of its clients.
Ormsbee got her start in 2000 as an Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. From there, she went on to U.S. District Court Judge Colleen McMahon, S.D.N.Y. as a Law Clerk, before transitioning to an Associate at Heller Ehrman LLP. Ormsbee graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School with a JD and from Duke University with an undergraduate degree in History.
22. Jason Johnson
Partner of Moses & Singer
Jason Johnson is a Partner and Counsel of Moses & Singer. He first joined the company in 2016. Moses & Singer provides legal services to companies, individuals, and families in the New York City area. Their clients include a broad array of leaders in banking and finance, entertainment, media, real estate, healthcare, advertising, and the hospitality industry. Individuals and families look to them for sophisticated and effective legal services in the areas of matrimonial law, income tax, trusts and estates and asset protection.
Previously, Johnson was an Associate at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto and before that, a Primary Clinical Research Associate II at Paraxel International Corporation. Johnson earned a JD from UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law and an undergraduate degree in Biology, Chemistry, and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
23. Edward Baer
Partner of Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman
Edward Baer is a Partner of Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman (BBG). Since 1989, BBG has been the real estate industry’s most reliable advocate. Real estate in New York—often referred to as a “contact sport”–requires a discrete set of skills that they have proudly honed for three decades, making them the industry’s “go to” law firm. They are a team of transactional, regulatory, administrative and litigation attorneys dedicated to providing the highest level of real estate advocacy and counseling. Whether it’s negotiating and executing complex transactions, providing counsel for intricate development plans, or navigating the “impenetrable thicket” of New York’s byzantine rent regulatory scheme, they offer each of their clients a steady hand, with smart, productive, and creative solutions.
Baer has over 21 years in the law practice industry and began his career in 2001. Baer graduated from Cardozo School of Law with a JD.
24. Dan Dornfeld
Partner of Forchelli Deegan Terrana
Dan Dornfeld began his professional career over 23 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of Forchelli Deegan Terrana. Founded in 1976, Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP is one of Long Island's most acclaimed and distinguished full-service law firms. Headquartered in Uniondale, NY, the firm is conveniently located for clients in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The firm employs over 60 attorneys who counsel a broad range of clients, including national, regional and local businesses, major real estate developers and organizations, banks, insurance companies, municipalities, educational institutions, contractors, architects, engineers and individuals. As leaders in their profession, their attorneys have been trained at the finest learning institutions nationwide and have established a reputation for using inventive strategies to offer practical legal counsel.
Dornfeld first got his start in 1999 as a Counsel and VP of Lease Administration at New Plan Excel Realty Trust. From there, he went on to Dornfeld & Nasis, LLP as a Partner. Dornfeld graduated from Boston University School of Law with a JD, from Questrom School of Business, Boston University with an MBA, and from Colgate University with an undergraduate degree.
25. Barry Glickman
Partner of Zeichner Ellman & Krause
Barry Glickman is a Partner of Zeichner Ellman & Krause (ZEK). He first joined the company in 1990. Founded in 1980, ZEK continues to provide trusted counsel and skillful advocacy for its diverse client base in all aspects of commercial legal representation. The firm has earned a reputation as a business law firm of uncommon competency with a sophisticated commercial practice. Its substantive practice embraces areas such as banking and finance, litigation, arbitration, general commercial and corporate law, real estate, securities, trusts and estates, insurance, creditors' rights and bankruptcy.
Glickman earned a JD from Cardozo School of Law and an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance from Lehigh University.
26. Brian Comack
Partner of Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein
Brian Comack is a Partner of Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein. Since 1953, Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP has focused exclusively on representing clients in all facets of intellectual property law both domestically and internationally. The firm partners with clients to protect and maximize their intellectual property in a broad spectrum of industries such as financial services, fashion and retail, life sciences, medical devices, toys, entertainment, housewares, consumer electronics as well as blockchain, and artificial intelligence. Because most of their lawyers have degrees in the science and engineering field, they have strategic experience to understand and protect clients’ intellectual property interests in an aggressive, yet focused and cost-effective way. Comack has over 22 years in the law practice industry. He began his career in 2000.
Comack graduated from Brooklyn Law School with a JD and from Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering.
27. Steven Molo
Partner of MoloLamken
Steven Molo began his professional career over 32 years ago. Today, he is one of the founding Partners of MoloLamken. MoloLamken is a law firm focused exclusively on representing clients in complex disputes. They handle civil, as well as criminal and regulatory matters across the country. Molo, alongside Jeffrey Lamken who also founded the firm, developed national reputations based on their courtroom successes while partners at large full-service firms where they held leadership positions. With an abiding belief that complex litigation is most effectively handled by smaller teams that are composed of smart, highly experienced lawyers focused on results rather than process, they formed the firm in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
Molo got his start in 1990 as a Partner and Member of the Executive Committee at
Winston & Strawn. From there, he went on to Shearman & Sterling LLP as a Partner. Molo graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law with a JD and from the University of Illinois College of Communications with an undergraduate degree.
28. Ed Robinson
Partner of Hurwitz & Fine P.C.
Ed Robinson is a Partner of Hurwitz & Fine P.C. He first joined the company in 2003. Hurwitz Fine is recognized as one of New York State's top midsize law firms, while delivering big law outcomes. Multidisciplinary, industry-specific attorney teams serve the complex business, litigation, and insurance needs of a diverse client base including startups all the way to Fortune 500 companies. With offices across New York and Connecticut, the full-service law firm provides innovative solutions and develops strong personal connections to maximize business and financial success for clients. Founded in 1977 by Sheldon Hurwitz & Robert P. Fine, the firm now has more than 50 attorneys across focused, niche, and emerging areas.
Robinson earned a JD from the University at Buffalo Law School and an undergraduate degree from Hobart College.
29. Laura Angel-Lalanne
Partner of Schulte Roth & Zabel
Laura Angel-Lalanne is a Partner of Schulte Roth & Zabel. Founded in 1969, Schulte Roth & Zabel is a multidisciplinary firm with international clientele, serving their clients from strategically located offices in New York, Washington, DC and London. Over time, they have become known for two things: doing great work in the financial services sector and doing things a little differently than many of their peers. As one of the leading law firms serving the financial services industry, the firm regularly advises clients on corporate and transactional matters and provides counsel on regulatory, compliance, enforcement, and investigative issues. Angel-Lalanne has over 22 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 2000.
Angel-Lalanne graduated from Harvard Law School with a JD and from the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts with an undergraduate degree in Linguistics.
30. Jeffrey Pagano
Partner of Twomey Latham Shea Kelley Dubin & Quartararo
Jeffrey Pagano began his professional career over 30 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of Twomey Latham Shea Kelley Dubin & Quartararo. The firm is dedicated to achieving the objectives of its clients through excellent judgment, advice, and legal representation. They are proud that Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory has given their firm the highest rating for legal competence and professional reliability. Their firm has acquired the depth and knowledge to handle the most complex legal matters, yet they are still small enough to recognize the importance of each client. The firm’s main office, which is located next to the New York State Supreme Court in Riverhead, was established in 1973. Over the years, the firm has expanded to become the largest law firm in eastern Suffolk County, with a combined 55 person staff of attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants and five offices across Long Island.
Pagano first got his start in 1992 as a Founding Partner at King Pagano Harrison. Pagano graduated from Rutgers Law School with a JD and from College de Europe with an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Affairs.
31. Gavin Grusd
Partner of Ruskin Moscou Faltischek P.C.
Gavin Grusd is a Partner of Ruskin Moscou Faltischek P.C. He first joined the company in 2016. Founded in 1968, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek has emerged as the preeminent Long Island law firm. Both specialized and diverse, they have built cornerstone groups in all of the major practice areas of law while servicing a diverse and sophisticated clientele. With more than 60 attorneys, superior knowledge of the law, polished business acumen and proven credentials, the firm has earned a reputation for excellence and success.
Previously, Grusd was a Partner at Silverman Acampora LLP and before that, a Partner at
Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP. Grusd earned a JD from Quinnipiac University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Binghamton University.
32. Michele Rach
Partner of Ahmuty Demers & McManus
Michele Rach is a Partner of Ahmuty Demers & McManus (ADM). ADM is an AV rated litigation firm with a long history of satisfying the needs and expectations of their clients. With offices located in New York and New Jersey, ADM has established a presence in the State and Federal Courts covering the Tri-State area. The firm specializes in all aspects of civil litigation, with a clientele that includes a diverse group of corporations, insurance companies, small businesses, municipalities, school districts, third party administrators, self-insureds, and individuals. Clients of ADM recognize the commitment of their attorneys to handle legal matters efficiently and expeditiously, while providing the highest quality legal representation at a reasonable cost. Rach has over 22 years in the law practice industry and began her career in 2000.
Rach graduated from Touro University Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center with a JD and from Marist College with an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration.
33. Craig Reiser
Partner of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider
Craig Reiser began his professional career over 12 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider. Axinn combines the skills, experience, and dedication of the world's largest firms with focus, responsiveness, efficiency and attention to client needs. The firm was established in the late 1990s by lawyers from premier Wall Street firms with a common vision: provide the highest level of service and strategic acumen in antitrust, intellectual property and high-stakes litigation. Their lawyers have served as lead or co-lead counsel on nearly half a trillion dollars in transactions and, in the last 10 years alone, have handled more than 250 litigations.
Reiser first got his start in 2010 as a Law Clerk at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. From there, he went on to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, before eventually rising to Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, his most recent position prior to joining Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider. Reiser graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School with a JD and from the University of Delaware with an undergraduate degree in Political Science.
34. Cheryl Vollweiler
Partner of Skarzynski Marick & Black
Cheryl Vollweiler is a Partner of Skarzynski Marick & Black. Skarzynski Marick is a business law firm with extensive experience in insurance. They are co-centered in New York and Chicago with an office in Jersey City, New Jersey. Headquartered in these business capitals, their attorneys regularly appear in courts around the country and work closely with attorneys from other countries on international issues. Building on over a half of a century of effective legal representation, the firm’s mission is to provide creative, practical, and productive solutions to their clients’ most challenging problems. Vollweiler has over 33 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 1989.
Before joining Skarzynski Marick & Black, Vollweiler was an Attorney and Partner at Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP and before that an Attorney and Partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP. Vollweiler graduated from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University with a JD and from Brandeis University with an undergraduate degree in Politics.
35. Jim Cretella
Partner of Otterbourg P.C.
Jim Cretella is a Partner of Otterbourg P.C. Otterbourg offers clients a unique combination of legal insight and practical solutions, and is known for its integrity, stability, and business knowledge. For the past century, Otterbourg has been the firm of choice for an elite group of leading financial institutions and commercial businesses. They offer clients direct contact with experienced and senior attorneys on every matter, in-depth understanding of client's businesses to provide advice and legal services, practical analysis of available alternatives to best address the problem, and efficient use of law firm resources. Cretella has over 18 years in the law practice industry. He began his career in 2004.
Cretella graduated from Brooklyn Law School with a JD and from Villanova University with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration.
36. Louis Lombardo
Partner of Meister Seelig & Fein
Louis Lombardo began his professional career over 22 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of Meister Seelig & Fein. Meister Seelig & Fein LLP is a full-service commercial law firm with offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Los Angeles. Over the years, they have built strong and enduring relationships with their clients through their commitment to client advocacy, along with creative and pragmatic approach to problem solving. Their clients appreciate their responsive approach to servicing their business and ability to contribute value to the achievement of their business goals. They provide an array of legal services throughout the U.S. and the world to both public and private companies across nearly every industry, including hedge funds, real estate investors, funds and real estate developers, entrepreneurs, professional athletes, entertainers, creatives, not for profits, educational and cultural institutions.
Lombardo first got his start in 2000 as a Counsel at Kaye Scholer LLP. From there, he went on to Kadmon Holdings, Inc., before eventually rising to Partner at Lombardo Dufresne LLP. Lombardo graduated from Brooklyn Law School with a JD and from Wagner College with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Management.
37. Alexander Berger
Partner of Meyer Suozzi English & Klein P.C.
Alexander Berger is a Partner of Meyer Suozzi English & Klein P.C. He first joined the company in 2016. For more than 60 years, the firm has created a reputation for integrity, insight and intellect that helped establish the standard for excellence in the practice of law. When the late, legendary John F. ("Jack") English founded this law firm in 1960, his vision was to build a law practice staffed by only the most talented and respected attorneys. Today, the law firm consists of some of the most celebrated legal professionals and former public servants.
Previously, Berger was a Counsel at Westerman Ball Ederer Miller & Sharfstein, LLP and before that, a Real Estate Partner at Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC. Earlier in his career he worked with Jaspan Schlesinger Hoffman LLP as a Real Estate Associate. Berger earned a graduate degree from New York Law School and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and History from New York University.
38. Justin Salkin
Partner of Levene Gouldin & Thompson
Justin Salkin is a Partner of Levene Gouldin & Thompson. For more than nine decades, Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP has provided prompt, practical, and results-oriented services while committing to the civic affairs. The attorneys at the firm have always emphasized a personal approach when dealing with clients. The demands of their clients vary, which requires timely attention to detail and sensitivity by their entire legal staff. The firm's record of success gives its clients confidence that they will be well represented. Salkin has over 8 years in the law practice industry and began his career in 2007.
Before joining Levene Gouldin & Thompson, Salkin was an Associate at Barclay Damon, LLP. Salkin graduated from Albany Law School with a JD and from Binghamton University with an undergraduate degree in Political Science.
39. Christopher Gorman
Partner of Duval & Stachenfeld
Christopher Gorman began his professional career over 18 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of Duval & Stachenfeld. Duval & Stachenfeld is determined to focus the firm’s practices around their core expertise in real estate. They now have roughly 50 full-time real estate lawyers, which enables them to take pride in the fact that they have one of the largest and most diverse real estate practices in New York City. Additionally, they have strong practices in litigation, tax, corporate, bankruptcy, and not-for-profit, and enhance all of these practice areas through the adjunct of the powerful Pure Play Real Estate practice. Their values and hedgehog principles are what distinguishes them from other law firms because they genuinely care about their clients, attorneys, and administrative staff. They are committed to helping their clients build and protect their businesses.
Gorman graduated from Fordham University School of Law with a JD and from Providence College with an undergraduate degree in Finance.
40. Tom Fucillo
Partner of Hancock Estabrook
Tom Fucillo is a Partner of Hancock Estabrook. He first joined the company in 2020. Hancock Estabrook, LLP is one of upstate New York's leading law firms. The firm's primary objective is to provide specialty legal services with the depth and breadth necessary to accommodate a wide array of client needs. Their attorneys concentrate in specific practice areas to develop the necessary knowledge to represent clients in diverse and complex legal matters. Their attorneys also practice other areas in order to function seamlessly with one another and provide comprehensive and efficient delivery of legal services.
Previously, Fucillo was an Attorney at Barclay Damon LLP and before that, an Attorney and Shareholder at Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, P.C. Earlier in his career he worked with the U.S. Navy JAG Corps as a Judge Advocate. Fucillo earned a JD from the University at Buffalo and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the State University of New York College at Cortland.
41. Aari Itzkowitz
Partner of Wilk Auslander
Aari Itzkowitz is a Partner of Wilk Auslander. Wilk Auslander is a full-service law firm delivering the expertise and resources of a large firm combined with the attention and access of a boutique firm. Their experienced partners and associates will provide the legal guidance and assistance clients may need at all levels. To support local, national, and international clients, their firm is based in New York City with an office in Geneva Switzerland. Their core practice groups cover bankruptcy, construction, corporate, cybersecurity, debt and equity financing, hospitality, intellectual property, international law, judgment enforcement, labor and employment, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, securities, sports and entertainment, tax, and trusts and estates. Itzkowitz has over 21 years in the law practice industry. He began his career in 2001.
Before joining Wilk Auslander, Itzkowitz was an Associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Itzkowitz graduated from Columbia Law School with a JD and from Yeshiva University with an undergraduate degree.
42. Leah Cintineo
Partner of Underberg & Kessler
Leah Cintineo began her professional career over 12 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Underberg & Kessler. Underberg & Kessler is a different kind of law firm - the things that are sometimes in conflict at other firms are in harmony there. It is a privilege for the firm to be able to listen to their clients, and they can only do that if they answer their phones, return emails, and form a strong relationship with their clients. Their attorneys are willing to learn and understand their clients business or personal situation, and provide advice and meaningful guidance while suggesting the most cost-effective and efficient means in designing a strategy that will provide the best chance at success.
Cintineo first got her start in 2010 as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney at Fairfax County Government. Cintineo graduated from Albany Law School with a JD and from SUNY Geneseo with an undergraduate degree in Psychology.
43. Jonathan Flaxer
Partner of Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe
Jonathan Flaxer is a Partner of Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe. He first joined the company in 2000. In 1982, Jeffrey Golenbock, David Eiseman, and Nathan Assor -- who were shortly joined by Larry Bell -- left their positions at a top Manhattan law firm with a single idea: to form a new law firm focused on providing high quality legal services, staffed by attorneys trained at the best law firms, and free of the layers of professional and administrative bureaucracy that drive up legal costs in large law firms. Since then, the firm has grown to approximately 50 attorneys while adhering to the founders' original idea and focus.
Previously, Flaxer was a Law Clerk at Hon. Manuel J. Price, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, E.D.N.Y. and before that a Partner at Winick & Rich, P.C. Flaxer earned a JD from Brooklyn Law School and an undergraduate degree from New York University.
44. Nir Gozal
Partner of Hinman Howard & Kattell
Nir Gozal is a Partner of Hinman Howard & Kattell (HH&K). Founded in 1901 by Harvey D. Hinman, Archibald Howard, and Thomas B. Kattell, HH&K has occupied offices in the historic Security Mutual Building since 1905. The firm has a long tradition of public service, such as Senator Harvey D. Hinman, who was a confidant of New York Governor, Charles Evans Hughes, who later became the U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice. With HH&K, their clients can expect proactive planning, cost-effective assistance, and most importantly, peace of mind that comes from placing problems in the hands of lawyers who will offer solutions specifically for their client’s business and needs. Gozal has over 10 years in the law practice industry. He began his career in 2012.
Before joining the firm, Gozal was an Associate at Pryor Cashman and before that a Banking and Investigative Officer at Bank Leumi USA. Gozal graduated from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law with a JD, from Villanova University Graduate Tax Program with MLL in Taxation, and from William & Mary with an undergraduate degree in International Relations.
45. Richard Mandel
Partner of Cowan Liebowitz & Latman P.C.
Richard Mandel began his professional career over 34 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of Cowan Liebowitz & Latman P.C. They are a boutique full-service firm recognized worldwide in the areas of intellectual property law and litigation. They also have practices in the areas of corporate and commercial law, customs, international cargo and regulatory compliance, employment law, real estate law, trusts and estates, information technology and military law. Their firm has grown alongside successful companies and brands, as well as creative individuals and accomplished executives. They handle some of the most interesting cases and transactions, and measure their success by what they can achieve for each individual client.
Mandel graduated from New York University School of Law with a JD and from New York University with an undergraduate degree in Politics.
46. Jason Corrado
Partner of Shaub Ahmuty Citrin & Spratt
Jason Corrado is a Partner of Shaub Ahmuty Citrin & Spratt. He first joined the company in 2016. Shaub, Ahmuty, Citrin & Spratt LLP was founded in 1994 by litigators driven by a shared vision: to create a new firm rooted in the principles of tenacity, collegiality, professionalism, and the determination to achieve consistent success. As they approach their third decade in business, these values remain steadfast and they are evident in the commitments they make to every client represented. To their clients, they promise to provide the best advocacy and will respect their time and goals for each specific matter. They will be well-versed in the facts, the science involved, the litigation landscape and all avenues of resolution toward the best possible outcome.
Previously, Corrado was an Attorney at Gerspach Sikoscow, LLP and before that an Attorney at Law Offices of Philip J Rizzuto P.C. Earlier in his career he worked with State Farm Insurance as a Sales and Management. Corrado earned a JD in law from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Government from Boston University.
47. Rachel Fernbach
Partner of Moritt Hock & Hamroff
Rachel Fernbach is a Partner of Moritt Hock & Hamroff. Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP is a full-service, AV-rated commercial law firm with 21 areas of practice and 80+ attorneys. Based in New York, the firm has offices on Long Island and in New York City, as well as Florida and provides a wide range of legal services to businesses, corporations, and individuals worldwide. The firm has extensive experience in virtually every aspect and all disciplines of law, such as: bankruptcy, corporate and securities, employment, healthcare, intellectual property, litigation, not-for-profits, real estate, tax, and trusts and estates. The firm prides themselves on being large enough to properly staff complex matters while remaining committed to the history and firm culture. Fernbach has over 24 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 1998.
Before joining Moritt Hock & Hamroff, Fernbach was an Associate at Stein & Schonfeld LLP and before that an Attorney at Greater New York Hospital Association. Fernbach graduated from The George Washington University Law School with a JD and from Tufts University with an undergraduate degree in Classics, Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
48. Lauren Monaghan
Partner of Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman
Lauren Monaghan began her professional career over 13 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman. The firm is Long Island’s second largest full-service law firm with offices in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and has up to 16 practice areas. Their mission is to provide clients with excellent counsel in a responsive and cost-effective manner. The firm’s priority has always been their clients; they understand and implement that the practice of law is a relationship business.
Monaghan first got her start in 2009 as a Law Clerk at Walsh Markus McDougal & DeBellis LLP. Monaghan graduated from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University with a JD and from Stony Brook University with an undergraduate degree in History and English.
49. Ari Gamss
Partner of Kane Kessler P.C.
Ari Gamss is a Partner of Kane Kessler P.C. and first joined the company in 2005. Kane Kessler is a mid-sized, New York City-based law firm serving clients throughout the United States and globally. They provide their clients with efficient, leading-edge legal services while building the kind of long-term relationships, trust, and confidence that their attorneys have cultivated since the firm was founded over 85 years ago. They devote their professional skills and experience to their clients and provide a superior level of personal attention. With offices in New York City and attorneys licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, the firm is well-situated to serve the needs of its United States and international clients.
Previously, Gamss was a Law Clerk and Associate at Bee Ready Fishbein Hatter & Donovan and before that a Clerk at Weitz and Luxenberg, P.C. Gamss earned a JD from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College.
50. Matthew Feigin
Partner of Katsky Korins
Matthew Feigin is a Partner of Katsky Korins. Founded in 1975, Katsky Korins LLP is one of the longest-standing general practice law firms of its size in New York City. They are a stable, experienced and sophisticated practice spreading over all major fields of commercial work, including litigation, real estate, corporate, tax, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, trusts and estates, and matrimonial and family law. They are known for imaginative thinking and exceptional service, and their size, experience, and creativity enable them to deliver their services in a cost-effective manner. Their clients stay with them over the long term -- and so do their lawyers, most of whom joined them from large law firms and judicial clerkships to gain the benefits of a smaller and collegial partnership. Feigin has over 26 years in the law practice industry. He began his career in 1996.
Before joining Katsky Korins, Feigin was a Senior Associate at Bronstein Van Veen, LLC and before that a Senior Special Counsel at City of New York. Earlier in his career he worked with New Majority Education Fund as a Program Associate. Feigin graduated from Harvard Law School with a JD, from Harvard Kennedy School with a master's in Public Policy, and from Yale University with an undergraduate degree of a joint program in Ethics, Politics, and Economics.