Law

Pot luck! Albany significantly decriminalizes possession

By GREGORY ZELLER // Smoke ’em if you got ’em. It’s not that cavalier about it, but new legislation signed July 29 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo significantly decriminalizes marijuana use in New York State – a victory not only for the herbal set at large, but for African American and Latino communities in particular. Noting “communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana for far too long,” Cuomo signed S.6579A/A.8420, companion New…

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Fomer FBI agent heads experienced RMF cyber group

By GREGORY ZELLER // A former FBI special agent will help lead Ruskin Moscou Faltischek’s beefed-up cybersecurity group. A “major expansion” of the Uniondale law firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice group places two recent acquisitions – partner Steven Kuperschmid and Richard Frankel, of-counsel – in charge of a nine-attorney squad focused on data security, regulatory compliance and breach response. Ruskin Moscou Faltischek’s cybersecurity practice actually launched several years ago to focus on issues related…


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…