Law

At RMF, new legal alternatives for court-weary clients

By GREGORY ZELLER // A top Long Island law firm has significantly expanded its business-focused legal services, with a senior partner heading a new practice group determined to stear clear of the courtroom. Uniondale-based Ruskin Moscou Faltischek on Tuesday announced its new Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group, chaired by Senior Partner Jeffrey Wurst, who already co-chairs the firm’s Financial Services, Banking and Bankruptcy Practice Group. Less interested in telling it to the judge than negotiating…

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Extending the long arm of life-sciences law

By GREGORY ZELLER // Sensing a “tipping point” for New York-based scientific research, a prominent Long Island law firm has upped its life sciences game. Melville-based Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt LLP has executed what senior partner and co-founder Raymond Farrell called a “significant expansion” of the firm’s Life Sciences Practice Group, adding “two of the highest quality PhD/JD patent attorneys around” after a years-long search. Those attorneys are John Resek and Carmella Stephens, both…


Israel to lead Meltzer Lippe government group

By GREGORY ZELLER // Lobbying? No … but expect some insider-infused navigation of government’s corridors of power. That’s the word out of Mineola law firm Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone LLP, which on Monday announced the formation of Meltzer Lippe Strategies, a new practice group with “senior strategic advisor” Steve Israel – just four months removed from his 16-year run in the U.S. House of Representatives – at the helm. Israel will run the new…


Sahn Ward launches sustainability group

Three partners will form the backbone of a new Environment, Energy and Resources Practice Group at Uniondale law firm Sahn Ward Coschignano. Supported by two existing practice groups – Litigation and Appeals and Zoning and Land Use – the new group has been formed to keep the firm ahead of the curve on emerging sustainability trends that “give rise to policy decisions and regulatory developments dictating how energy needs will be met now and for…


Understanding the specifics of a business divorce

By CARL CORRY // Breaking up is hard to do, so Uniondale-based law firm Farrell Fritz has set up a practice group to make things as easy as possible for companies going through a business divorce. Led by partner Peter Mahler, the group counsels owners of privately held businesses in disputes with business partners and in corporate dissolutions. It’s an expansion of a business niche that the firm – which focuses on real estate, tax…


Harris Beach bulks up real estate practice

Harris Beach plans to add five attorneys to its new Suffolk County office, created this month via a merger with Melville firm Brown & Altman. The merger, completed last week, “positions us well to be at the forefront of new development in Suffolk County,” noted Thomas Garry, managing partner of Harris Beach’s Uniondale office, and the firm plans to press the advantage by beefing up staff by month’s end. The merger bolsters Harris Beach’s expertise…


Legal site for millennials powers up

LawNearMe.com, a website that helps mobile users quickly find local attorneys when necessary, is finding its deeper side. The millennial-focused startup, launched last year by Jericho native Samuel Shusterhoff, a graduate of Pennsylvania’s Widener School of Law, has unveiled a significantly beefed-up platform that includes what Shusterhoff calls “the most innovative technology in the industry.” For users, the basics are still there. Free access to a listing of local attorneys is still LawNearMe.com’s biggest sell…