Brian K. Ziegler (Woodsburgh) is Partner-in-Charge of the firm's Corporate/Securities Law Practice Group. Mr. Ziegler has broad experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, joint venture transactions, finance, private placements, license agreements, executive compensation and employment agreements, taxation and general business counseling. He serves as outside general counsel to a variety of different businesses and is regularly called upon to advise corporations of all sizes, family owned businesses, limited liability companies and partnerships. A cum laude graduate of the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, he holds both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws degree in taxation from the University of Miami School of Law. He is a member of both the New York and Florida Bars. In 2011, Mr. Ziegler was named to the New York Super Lawyers List.
Lisa S. Hunter (Merrick), a Partner in and Co-Chair of the Trusts and Estates and Elder Law Practice Groups at Certilman Balin, has concentrated in all aspects of tax and business succession planning, primarily for high net worth individuals, for more than 20 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 professional and professional practices. A member of the Estate Planning Council of Nassau County and the New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations, Ms. Hunter serves on the Tax Law and Surrogate's Court, Estates and Trusts Committees of the Nassau County Bar Association. She is a frequent lecturer in the area of estate tax planning, and has appeared on the Bloomberg Business program "Moneywise." Ms. Hunter received her Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and her Juris Doctor from Villanova University, where she served as an editor of the Law Review. She also holds the degree of Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University.
As Partner-in-Charge of the Litigation Group, Thomas J. McNamara's (Port Washington) practice encompasses a broad range of commercial litigation, including issues related to banking, creditors' rights, contracts, real estate, employment, trade secrets, trust and estates, and insurance, as well as corporate, shareholder, partnership, and antitrust matters. Recognized for his exceptional experience in banking and creditors' rights litigation, Mr. McNamara has defended banks in forged check, Uniform Commercial Code, and lender liability cases. He has represented banks and other lenders as plaintiffs in actions to enforce their rights under notes, guarantees, security agreements, and related loan documentation. Equally at home in state and federal court, Mr. McNamara litigates many of his cases in New York City, as well as on Long Island. His articles have appeared in several legal publications and he has served as an adjunct instructor at New York Law School and Molloy College. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago, where he majored in economics, and earned his law degree from New York University School of Law in 1980.
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Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP has grown into Long Island's second largest full-service law firm with offices in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Its 14 practice areas include: real estate, real property tax certiorari and condemnation, cooperative and condominium, land use, environmental law, corporate/securities, litigation, commercial lending, labor relations/employment law, bankruptcy and debtor/creditor rights, trusts and estates, elder law, telecommunications law, and criminal law.