Media Experts

The Partners and Associates at Certilman Balin are experts in their respective practice areas and, as such, are often called on by the media to comment on certain issues relative to their experience. The following is a listing of topics we have expertise in and the corresponding attorney’s contact information.

 

 
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Law Firm Management Issues

Bernard Hyman, Managing Partner (516) 296-7073

 

 
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Bankruptcy / Debtor / Creditor Rights

Jaspreet S. Mayall (516) 296-7061
Partner Jaspreet S. Mayall focuses his practice as a litigator in bankruptcy proceedings and as counsel to trustees, debtors, secured and unsecured creditors. He is also involved in non-judicial workouts, construction litigation, and handles other commercial litigation matters. Mr. Mayall has had significant experience in trials and Appeals before New York’s State and Federal Courts. Mr. Mayall has had eight significant decisions in matters in which he was involved, published in the Bankruptcy Reporter and New York Supplemental Reporter.

 

Judge Richard J. McCord (516) 296-7801
Partner Richard J. McCord has an in-depth understanding of bankruptcy law, gained from 19 years of experience in many different roles. Since 1987, he has served as a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York. He also served as a Chapter 13 Trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York from 1981 until 1992. He also has the unique perspective of the law from the Bench, as the judge in charge of administrative duties for the City of Glen Cove, presiding over all phases of civil and criminal proceedings.

 

 
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Commercial / Real Estate Litigation

Thomas J. McNamara (516) 296-7062
Partner Thomas McNamara’s practice encompasses a broad range of commercial litigation, including issues related to banking, creditors’ rights, contracts, real estate, employment, trade secrets, estates, and insurance, as well as corporate, shareholder, partnership, and antitrust matters. Mr. McNamara is recognized for his exceptional experience in banking and creditors’ rights litigation, and he is equally at home in state and federal court.

 

Donna-Marie Korth (516) 296-7095
Partner Donna-Marie Korth practices in the commercial/real estate litigation department. She previously concentrated in cooperative/condominium law and presently represents a number of boards of residential community developments.

 

John H. Gionis (516) 296-7173
John H. Gionis is a Partner in the Litigation Group. His practice encompasses personal injury, medical malpractice, real estate, criminal law, and commercial litigation. Prior to becoming a member of Certilman Balin, Mr. Gionis was a Partner at the East Norwich firm of Murphy, Lynch & Gionis, where he tried high profile real estate and tort cases. A former Nassau County District Attorney from 1983 until 1986, he also served as village Prosecutor for the Village of Kensington.

 

Michael F. O’Shea (516) 296-7128
Partner Michael F. O’Shea focuses his practice on banking and creditors’ rights law.

 

 
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Banking / Commercial Lending

David E. Herold (516) 296-7098
David E. Herold, a Partner in Commercial Lending Group, concentrates his practice representing institutional lenders in financing multi-family and commercial properties and documenting credit facilities for Middle Market and Small Business Borrowers as well as Condominium Associations and Home Owners Associations. He has experience in a variety of lending transactions including fee and leasehold financing, mezzanine financing, and asset based and receivable financing.

 

Michael F. O’Shea (516) 296-7128
Michael F. O’Shea, a partner in the Commercial Lending Department, concentrates on the documentation of credit facilities on behalf of institutional lenders. Among the types of transactions documented by this department are: revolving credit facilities, government sponsored or guaranteed facilities, asset based facilities, aircraft financings, ship mortgages, highly leveraged transactions, real estate mortgages and private bank facilities. Mr. O’Shea concentrates on the documentation of government guaranteed and government sponsored facilities, including U.S. Small Business Administration 7A and 504 loan programs.

 

 

Condominium & Cooperative Law

Ira J. Adler (516) 296-7099
Senior Partner Ira J. Adler leads one of the nation’s most active condominium and cooperative law departments. Mr. Adler enjoys a distinguished reputation for his work in community association law and frequently lectures and writes on the subject.

 

Richard Herzbach (516) 296-7006
Partner Richard Herzbach concentrates his practice on condominium and cooperative law. Formerly, as an Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York, Mr. Herzbach served in the Real Estate Finance Bureau, the office responsible for the regulation of condominiums and cooperatives in the state. Mr. Herzbach is now an Adjunct Professor, teaching a course in condominium and cooperative law at Hofstra University School of Law.

 

 

Corporate / Securities

Brian Ziegler (516) 296-7046
Partner Brian Ziegler concentrates his practice on corporate and securities law. Mr. Ziegler provides counsel to family businesses and to corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies in all areas of finance and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Ziegler writes and lectures for professional associations on issues related to business organization. An active member of the Long Island community, Mr. Ziegler is the Village Justice of the Village of Woodsburgh.

 

Fred Skolnik (516) 296-7048
Partner Fred Skolnik focuses his practice on corporate and securities law and is a frequent lecturer on the topics. Mr. Skolnik serves the Nassau County Bar Association as Chair of the Corporation Law Committee and is a member of the Securities Law Committee. Mr. Skolnik’s practice relates primarily to the representation of publicly held corporations in connection with public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate representation.

 

 

Criminal Law

Glenn B. Gruder (631) 979-3000 (Hauppauge Office)
Litigation Partner Glenn B. Gruder began his criminal law career with his position as a Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney from 1986 until 1992 where he served in the Narcotics Bureau from 1988 until 1992. He obtained numerous felony convictions after trial on major narcotics cases including those typed as Class A Felony. He also is knowledgeable in the areas of real estate, zoning and first property and casualty.

 

 

Elder Law

Gregory J. Pond (516) 296-7808
Gregory J. Pond is Partner in the Trusts and Estates Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP. His unique litigation practice with a focus on estate litigation is a culmination of years of advising clients in matters related to the probate and administration of estates, small business transactions and real estate matters. Mr. Pond understands the complex legal, business and personal issues that arise in estate planning, especially those involving closely-held businesses and families concerned for the future of relatives with special needs. He knows the problems that may occur in estate administration and planning matters, having litigated on behalf of clients in the areas of contested wills, accountings and guardianship matters.

 

 

Environmental Law

Barry S. Cohen (631) 979-3000
With eighteen years of experience in the environmental law field, Partner Barry Cohen’s environmental law practice is multi-faceted. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to assisting clients in achieving compliance with environmental laws and regulations, and in representing members of the regulated community in matters commenced by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and local environmental and health agencies. Mr. Cohen has handled matters involving leaking underground storage tanks, air emissions, industrial discharges, community right-to-know reporting, the management and abatement of asbestos-containing materials and lead paint’s compliance-related practice, petroleum spills and the handling, storage, treatment and disposal of hazardous chemicals, hazardous waste and pesticides. Mr. Cohen also spends a substantial amount of time representing clients in connection with the investigation and remediation of contaminated properties, the redevelopment of those properties, and litigation commenced under the federal Superfund Law, the New York State Navigation Law, and other federal and state environmental statutes and theories. Mr. Cohen has also presented defendants in toxic tort litigation, including cases involving alleged exposure to solvents, asbestos, pesticides and mold. Another area of Mr. Cohen’s practice involves providing advice and litigating issues that arise under the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

 

 

Estate & Tax Planning / Probate Law & Estate Administration

Lisa S. Hunter (516) 296-7042
Lisa S. Hunter, a Partner in the Trust & Estates and Elder Law Practice Groups at Certilman Balin, has concentrated in all aspects of estate tax and business succession planning, primarily for high net worth individuals, for more than twenty years. She has also devoted substantial time to representation of clients in connection with their closely held business relationships and transactions, and in the representation of professionals and professional practices. Ms. Hunter is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Nassau County and the New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations. She serves on the Tax Law, Surrogate’s Court. Estates and Trusts, and Health and Hospital Law Committees of the Nassau County Bar Association. She is a frequent lecturer in the area of estate tax planning. In addition, Ms. Hunter has appeared on the Bloomberg Business program “Moneywise,” and her estate planning articles are featured regularly at www.SeniorPlanet.com.

 

Gregory J. Pond (516) 296-7808
Gregory J. Pond is Partner in the Trusts and Estates Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP. His unique litigation practice with a focus on estate litigation is a culmination of years of advising clients in matters related to the probate and administration of estates, small business transactions and real estate matters. Mr. Pond understands the complex legal, business and personal issues that arise in estate planning, especially those involving closely-held businesses and families concerned for the future of relatives with special needs. He knows the problems that may occur in estate administration and planning matters, having litigated on behalf of clients in the areas of contested wills, accountings and guardianship matters.

 

 

Labor Relations

Paul S. Linzer (516) 296-7182
Partner Paul S. Linzer concentrates his practice on all aspects of public sector labor law litigation, and criminal defense litigation. He represents a variety of public sector labor unions and their membership, including County and Village-level Police unions, the supervisors’ union from the New York City Department of Corrections and the New York City firefighters’ union. He handles most labor counsel responsibilities for these unions, including their grievance arbitrations, improper labor practice proceedings, and all contract negotiations. Mr. Linzer also represents union members in Internal Affairs, disciplinary proceedings, or other internal or administrative investigations.

 

 

Land Use

Louis Soloway (516) 296-7025
Partner Louis Soloway has built a distinguished reputation for legal counsel in matters surrounding land use and real estate transactions, over the past forty years. Concentrating his practice on Long Island and in the New York metropolitan region, he has also handled transactions across the country. Retained by developers and corporate real estate departments, Mr. Soloway assists clients in every phase of commercial and residential projects. With experience in most local jurisdictions, he advises clients on zoning, site plans, variances and other aspects of land use.

 

 

 

Real Estate

Howard M. Stein (516) 296-7093
Partner Howard M. Stein concentrates on matters related to real property acquisitions, real estate finance, loan workouts, real estate transfer and mortgage tax issues and leasing. An adjunct professor of real estate law at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center where he sits on the school’s board of visitors, Mr. Stein lectures extensively on issues relating to real estate law and is frequently quoted in the media.

 

 

Real Property Tax Certiorari & Condemnation Law

Allan Hyman (516) 296-7075
Senior Partner M. Allan Hyman concentrates his practice on real estate tax certiorari and condemnation law. He has successfully obtained significant tax refunds and savings for clients during his 32-year professional career. Additionally, he has handled condemnation proceedings in New York and other jurisdictions that resulted in awards greatly in excess of initial offers to purchase made by condemning authorities. Mr. Hyman has lectured extensively in his field at Hofstra University School of Law, the Nassau County Bar Association Academy of Law, the Institute of Property Taxation, and the Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers.

 

Bernard Hyman (516) 296-7073
Senior and managing partner Bernard Hyman concentrates his practice in the area of real estate tax certiorari law and condemnation litigation. An authority on real estate valuation, Mr. Hyman lectures frequently on the subject of real estate tax relief. Recently, Newsday referred to him as one of the most influential figures in Long Island real estate.

 

Dale Allinson (516) 296-7153
Partner Dale Allinson concentrates her practice in the area of real estate tax certiorari law and condemnation litigation. This concentration has, as its focus, issues of real property valuation; particularly the review of assessed valuation-seeking opportunities where taxes may be reduced. Ms. Allinson was the successful lead attorney on the Greentree at Lynbrook Condominium I and II vs. Board of Assessors, Village of Lynbrook Case. She has written on property valuation for a number of professional journals and she is a frequent lecturer on the topic before professional and civic associations.

 

Eileen O’Boyle Bitetto (516) 296-7151
Partner Eileen O’Boyle Bitetto concentrates her practice in the area of real estate tax certiorari law and condemnation litigation. This concentration has, as its focus, issues of real property valuation; particularly the review of assessed valuation-seeking opportunities where taxes may be reduced. Ms. O’Boyle Bitetto also represents clients whose property has been acquired, or is about to be acquired, in Eminent Domain proceedings.

 

 

Nonprofit/Tax Exempt/Religious Organizations

David A. Goldstein (516) 296-7811
David Goldstein is a member of the Nonprofit/Tax Exempt/Religious Organizations Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, where he concentrates his practice in the area of not-for-profit law. Mr. Goldstein represents a range of national, regional and local not-for-profit and religious entities across a wide variety of nonprofit sectors. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Law Committee. He counsels and advocates for not-for-profits and religious organizations in a wide variety of areas, including governance, regulatory matters, ethics and conflicts of interest, risk assessment, risk management, operations, disputes and litigation, as well as commercial matters.

 

 

Telecommunications

Jaspreet S. Mayall (516) 296-7061
Jaspreet S. Mayall is a well known expert in the wireless industry having negotiated wireless contracts with every wireless carrier and manufacturer. He is regularly called upon to provide advice on wireless issues, is well versed on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and has an in-depth understanding of the commercial and technological aspects of the telecommunications industry.