Location: Garden City, Long Island, NY


William Kang

William Kang is an Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., located in Garden City, N.Y.

Mr. Kang has both trial and arbitration experience, representing clients in federal and state court as well as before the American Arbitration Association. His practice focuses on complex commercial disputes, shareholder derivative claims, fraud, and trademark and patent infringement suits. He also has experience in complex surety bond, fidelity bond and construction litigation.

Before joining Meyer Suozzi, Mr. Kang was an Associate at Barton LLP in New York City, where he practiced commercial and intellectual property litigation.

Mr. Kang received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law and a B.A. in economics-mathematics from Columbia University. While in law school, he served as an Articles Editor of the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy and as a judicial intern for the Honorable Paul Martin Newby of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Hon. Randall T. Eng

Justice Randall T. Eng is Of Counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., and a member of the Litigation Department, including the Appellate Practice and Criminal Defense groups. Justice Eng also serves as referee, receiver and arbitrator within the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution practice.

Justice Eng taps his vast legal and judicial experience to provide unique and insightful counsel and advice to Meyer Suozzi’s clients, including all manner of business affairs, litigation, appeals and dispute resolution.

Immediately prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Justice Eng served as the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department – the busiest and largest Judicial Department in the State of New York, covering Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester, handling over 9,000 appeals per year. The presiding justice is the highest ranking judge in the appellate division, in charge of all of its operations, as well as a sitting practicing judge on panels of appeal.

Born in Guangzhou, China, Justice Eng was raised in New York City. He earned his undergraduate degree from State University of New York at Buffalo and his juris doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 1972.

Following law school, Justice Eng began his esteemed legal career in public service as an assistant district attorney in Queens County. At the time, he became the first Asian American appointed as an assistant prosecutor in New York State history, and served in this role from 1973-1980. He then served as the Deputy Inspector General of the New York City Correction Department from 1980 to 1981, and later became the Inspector General, a role in which he served from 1981 to 1983.

In 1983, Justice Eng became the first Asian American to become a judge in New York State, when he was appointed to the Criminal Court of the City of New York by Mayor Edward I. Koch. He sat in the Criminal Court until 1988 when he was designated an Acting Justice of the New York State Supreme Court. In 1990 and 2004, Justice Eng was elected and reelected to full 14-year terms on that bench.

Following these terms, he was appointed Administrative Judge of the Criminal Term of Queens County Supreme Court in 2007, and served in that role until 2008. In 2012, Governor Cuomo appointed Justice Eng to lead the Second Department, where he became the first Asian American to serve as Presiding Justice in New York State’s history.

Justice Eng served as President of the Association of Supreme Court Justices of the City of New York and as a member of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics. He is currently a member of the Permanent Sentencing Commission for New York State and the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law. He has also served as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University School of Law.

In addition to his prolific legal career, Justice Eng proudly served his country as a member of the New York Army National Guard from 1970 until 2004, when he retired as State Judge Advocate holding the rank of Colonel.

 

 

Elisa M. Santoro

Elisa M. Santoro is an Associate in the Wills, Trusts & Estates Law Department at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. Ms. Santoro focuses on estate planning for high net worth clients including the preparation of wills and a multitude of trusts designed to minimize estate and gift taxes, including Grantor Trusts, QPRTs, CRUT/CRATs, and ILITs. She handles all facets of estate and trust administration, including the preparation of estate tax returns, and estate and trust accountings, as well as will and accounting contests and guardianship proceedings.  In addition, Ms. Santoro has extensive experience in residential and commercial real estate matters and all aspects of land use and zoning proceedings.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Santoro was an Associate with John J. Randall, Esq. in Long Island. Prior to that, she was a law clerk for the Law Offices of Christopher W. Newton in La Jolla, California. During law school, Ms. Santoro was a staff writer for the California Western Law Review & International Law Journal, where she also received the American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law.

Charles O’Shea

Charles O’Shea is Of Counsel at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., where he practices within the firm’s Government Relations group. Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Mr. O’Shea was the Director of Government Relations for the New York State Department of Transportation’s New York City Region. While serving there, he was the liaison between the State Department of Transportation and all federal, state and city elected officials representing the five boroughs of New York City,  and was responsible for interagency cooperation on transportation projects with federal, state and city governments.

Mr. O’Shea has had extensive experience in the political-government process at the New York State and local levels. He was elected Chairman of the Nassau County Board of Assessors where he served as the Administrator of the Nassau County Department of Assessment and as the County’s Director of Real Property Services. As Assessor, he supervised the County’s first reassessment, in over 60 years, of its 400,000 plus residential and commercial properties.

For over a decade, Mr. O’Shea was a member of the New York State Assembly where he served as the Ranking Member of the Assembly Insurance Committee and as a member of the Ways and Means, Banks, and Social Services Committees. He was elected as an Executive Board Member of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL).

Mr. O’Shea was formally Of Counsel to the firms Feder, Goldstein, Tanenbaum, D’Errico & Arnedos, LLP and Lysaght, Lysaght & Kramer. He began his legal career as a Legal Assistant in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. He subsequently was appointed as a Deputy Nassau County Attorney in the Family Court Bureau and later in the Litigation Bureau.

 

Alexander Berger

Alexander Berger is a Member of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. and is Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Law group located in Garden City, New York. Mr. Berger represents land proprietors and developers in all aspects of transactional real estate, including the management, construction, acquisition, disposition and financing (construction, acquisition, joint venture and mortgage conduit loans) of commercial properties regionally and nationwide.

In addition, Mr. Berger represents landlords and tenants in all types of commercial real estate lease transactions including space leases, “big box” leases, ground leases and build-to-suit leases. He regularly drafts and negotiates letters of intent, brokerage agreements, and leases and subleases for landlords and tenants.

Mr. Berger also has extensive experience in structuring and facilitating like-kind exchanges under IRC §1031.

$67 million sale of multi-family property located in Brooklyn, NY.

$58 million acquisition and ancillary securitized financing of portfolio properties located in Woodbury, MN; Texarkana, TX; Joliet, IL and St. Augustine, FL.

Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Mr. Berger was a Partner in the Real Estate practice group at Westerman Ball Ederer Miller Zucker & Sharfstein, LLP. Mr. Berger is fluent in Russian.

 

Michael Kwiatkowski

Michael Kwiatkowski is an Associate with the Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization practice group at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. Mr. Kwiatkowski’s practice includes advising clients in the area of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights with significant experience in representing debtors and creditors in chapter 7 and chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. He also has extensive expertise in representing financial institutions on lender liability issues, in mortgage foreclosure cases, and in commercial litigation, with a particular focus on state and federal court litigation in New York and New Jersey.

Mr. Kwiatkowski began his legal career before starting law school. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal, he worked as a legal assistant for a bankruptcy and commercial litigation law firm. While a law student at Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Kwiatkowski served as an intern to the Honorable Jerome Feller of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York and Judge Bernard J. Fried of the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court, and he interned with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Kwiatkowski also served as an Executive Board member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and as a Barry L. Zaretsky Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Center fellow while in law school.

Handled numerous lender liability matters, including mortgage-related litigation and direct actions, on behalf of mortgage lender and servicers.

Successfully defended a major banking institution in an action claiming negligent misrepresentation and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing under a revolving credit agreement.

Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Mr. Kwiatkowski worked at several prominent law firms, including Hogan Lovells US LLP, where he concentrated on bankruptcy law, mortgage foreclosures, and commercial litigation.

Hon. Ira B. Warshawsky

Justice Ira B. Warshawsky, ret. is Of Counsel in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution practices at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. Since joining the firm, the judge has handled mediations with a concentration in multiple areas including construction, personal injury and business disputes. The Judge serves not only as an advocate, representing clients in commercial litigation, but also as a mediator, arbitrator, litigator, private judge, special master and referee, especially in the area of business disputes and the resolution of electronic discovery (E-Discovery) issues. The Judge is also a member of NAM’s arbitration and mediation panels. Judge Warshawsky was a distinguished member of the New York judiciary for 25 years. Immediately prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, he served as a Supreme Court Justice in one of the State’s leading trial parts — the Commercial Division — where he presided over all manner of business claims and disputes, including business valuation proceedings, corporate and partnership disputes, class actions and complex commercial cases.

Judge Warshawsky started his career in public service as a Legal Aid attorney in 1970 when he was Assistant Chief of the Family Court branch in Queens County. He served as a Nassau County Assistant District Attorney in the District and County Court trial bureaus from 1972 to 1974. Following these four years of prosecution and defense work he became a law secretary, serving judges of the New York State Court of Claims and County Court of Nassau County. In 1987 he was elected to the District Court and served there until 1997. In 1997 he was elected to the Supreme Court of the State of New York where he has presided in a Dedicated Matrimonial Part, a Differentiated Case Management Part and sat in one of the county’s three Dedicated Commercial Parts until 2011.

Judge Warshawsky has been active in numerous legal, educational and charitable organizations during his career. The Judge recently served as an expert in New York Law in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands. He has also served as a lecturer in various areas of commercial, civil and criminal law, most recently in the area of e-discovery and its ethical problems. He frequently lectures for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) at Hofstra and Widener Law Schools. The Judge currently serves as a contributing editor of the Benchbook for Trial Judges published by the Supreme Court Justices Association of the State of New York. He has served as a member of the Office of Court Administration’s Civil Curriculum Committee. In 2010, while still on the bench, he was named the official representative of the New York State Unified Court System to The Sedona Conference®, a leading organization credited with developing rules and concepts which address electronically stored information in litigation. The judge is currently a member of the Advisory Board of The Sedona Conference.

As a judge in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, he authored several informative decisions dealing with the discoverability and cost of producing electronic materials as well as determining “fair value” in corporate dissolution matters. He has presented numerous seminars on electronic discovery to practicing lawyers through the ABA, the NYSBA, the Nassau Bar Association and private corporate law forums.

In 1996 Judge Warshawsky was the recipient of EAC’s Humanitarian of the Year Award, in 1997 he received the Nassau County Bar Association President’s Award, in 2000 he received the Former Assistant District Attorneys Association’s Frank A. Gulotta Criminal Justice Award and in 2004, the Nassau Bar Association’s Director’s Award. He is also past president of the Men of Reform Judaism, the men’s arm of the Union of Reform Judaism, the parent body of the Reform movement of Judaism. In 2013, 2015, and 2016, Judge Warshawsky was voted as one of the top 10 Arbitrators in a New York Law Journal reader’s poll. In 2016, he was also named an “ADR Champion” by the Naonal Law Journal.

In 2017, Judge Warshawsky was given a ProBono Award at the Nassau County Bar Association’s Access to Justice for being one of Nassau’s attorneys to provide the most pro bono hours of service in 2016.

Michael A. Serpico

Michael A. Serpico is an Associate in the firm’s Personal Injury Department at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. Mr. Serpico has significant experience in state and federal civil litigation from intake to appeal. He has also secured numerous successful appellate decisions, including Aloise v Saulo, 51 AD3d 829 [2d Dept 2008], Castro v Salem Truck Leasing, Inc., 63 AD3d 1095 [2d Dept 2009], Morreale v 105 Page Homeowners Assn., Inc., 2010 NY Slip Op 08714 [2d Dept 2010], Himmelberger v 40-50 Brighton First Rd. Apts. Corp., 2012 NY Slip Op 02636 [2d Dept 2012], Sorrentini v Netta Realty Group, 2012 NY Slip Op 07608 [1st Dept 2012], Torres v Saint Vincent’s Catholic Med. Ctrs. of N.Y., 2014 NY Slip Op 03256 [2d Dept 2014], Santoro v Geico, 14 NY Slip Op 03821 [2d Dept 2014], Balram v CJ Transp., LLC, 2015 NY Slip Op 02921 [2d Dept 2015], and 40-50 Brighton First Rd. Apts. Corp. v Henderson, 2015 NY Slip Op 25406 [App Term, 2d Dept, 2d, 11th and 13th Jud Dists 2015]

Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Mr. Serpico was the Senior Associate at the Law Office of Everett J. Petersson, P.C., in Brooklyn, New York. Previously, he served as a Judicial Law Extern for The Honorable Doris Ling-Cohan of New York State Supreme Court, who is now a Justice of the Appellate Term, First Department.

Abraham B. Krieger

Abraham B. Krieger concentrates his practice in the area of the Real Estate Law at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. N.Y. Mr. Krieger’s practice, where he served as Chair of the Real Estate Department for six years, includes representing businesses and individuals in commercial and residential real estate lending, sale, and lease transactions and real estate, lease and commercial litigation. An integral part of his practice includes representing commercial lenders and borrowers on real estate financing transactions and title insurance companies on defending fee title and mortgage validity and enforceability claims.

 

Lakeland Bank v. Neziri, 2015, Richmond County Supreme Court favorable decision on enforceability of equitable mortgage signed by 2 of 4 record owners

Polo Grounds v. Schneider Trust, 2015, Suffolk County Supreme Court favorable decision on enforceability of 13 year old multi-million commercial real estate contract

Mr. Krieger has been named to the New York Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in New York from 2013-2016. In March 2012, Mr. Krieger was appointed to the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District and in 2013 was appointed as its Chairman representing the 10th Judicial District, where he serves as Chair through the 2017 term. He has served on the NYSBA Real Property Section Executive Committee and its Subcommittees on Professional Conduct, and Due Diligence Lease Checklists and currently serves on the Real Property Financing Committee. He has been appointed as an Expert Witness and Mediator in various real estate litigations by appointment of the Federal District Court, NYS Supreme and District Courts. He has served as Receiver and counsel to Receiver on major Nassau, Suffolk, Queens County and Federal Court foreclosures. He received the Nassau Suffolk Law Services Pro Bono Attorney of the Month (January 2000), and Nassau County Bar’s Pro Bono Award, Volunteers Lawyers Project (2001). In 2008 through 2016, Mr. Krieger was recognized in the Long Island Business News Who’s Who in Commercial Real Estate Law, and in LIBN’s Ones to Watch in Commercial Real Estate Law. He is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence, and recognized by Long Island Pulse Magazine in 2010 through 2015, as one of the region’s “Top Legal Eagles”. Mr. Krieger was named a 2015 Access to Justice Pro Bono Provider by the Nassau County Bar. He also serves as a mentor in the NCBA’s Call-A-Colleague program. Mr. Krieger is a frequent lecturer on real estate, professional conduct and Escrow management.

Mr. Krieger has served as an adjunct Professor in the Real Estate Department at Hofstra University School of Law and is a current Contributing Editor of the NYSBA publication on Commercial Leasing, authoring the chapter on the ‘Commercial Lease Rider.’ He has published numerous legal and scholarly articles throughout his career in The Nassau Lawyer, The New York Law Journal, Real Property Law Journal, and The ISLA Journal of International and Comparative Law on “The Holocaust as Catalyst for International Justice.”. In March 2009, Mr. Krieger along with other members of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) , met in New York with the German Ambassador to the United Nations to discuss human rights issues.

Mr. Krieger is highly involved in his community and served for many years on the Great Neck Chambers of Commerce Executive Board and currently is a contributing supporter of the JCC Performance music programs in NYC. For 37 years, he served as Counsel to the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. He also served for 10 years on the Advisory Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In January of 2009, Mr. Krieger traveled to Jerusalem to participate in the 13th Plenary of the WJC. While there, Mr. Krieger joined 400 affiliated international Jewish delegates representing Jewish communities in over 80 countries and organizations. In November of 2008, he presented at the Nassau County Bar to the Yashar, Attorneys’ and Judges’ Chapter of Hadassah of Nassau County on “Stories of Hope and Survival as Told By a Child of Survivors,” recounting personal and professional perspectives. In the summer of 2002, he served at the University of Berlin, on the Wannsee Conference Advisory Committee on The Corruption of the Rule of Law in Germany.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Krieger was in private practice since 1976. From 1995 until 2002, Mr. Krieger was senior partner in a Great Neck-based law firm and also a partner in a New York City firm of in which he was a principal partner from 1989-1993. Mr. Krieger served as General Counsel to Safeco Title Insurance Company of New York from 1985-1988 and Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Law at Baruch College, City University of New York from 1985-1990.

Michael P. Reynolds

Michael P. Reynolds is an Associate at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. and is part of the Tax Certiorari and Condemnation practice group located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. Mr. Reynolds’ practice includes tax certiorari, institutional compliance/risk management and private investigations. In addition to his experience as a tax certiorari attorney, he has extensive experience as a civil trial attorney and investigator, as well as a municipal attorney responsible for internal compliance matters, including State I.G. Investigations.

 

Deputy County Attorney liaison responsible for compliance with State Inspector General’s investigation into the Nassau County Police Department’s Forensic Evidence Bureau.

Uncovered indisputable evidence of insurance fraud which prompted immediate and unconditional cessation of litigation.

 

Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Mr. Reynolds served as a Deputy County Attorney for the Tax Certiorari & Condemnation Bureau at the Nassau County Attorney’s Office. Mr. Reynolds began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. Later, he became a staff attorney with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and was an associate at several Long Island based law firms.