Location: New York City, NY


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.

 

Andrew J. Turro

Andrew J. Turro is a Member of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department, Employment Law practice and heads the firm’s Equine & Racing Law practice, which was featured in Long Island Business News in February 2015. Mr. Turro has extensive experience in state and federal appellate and trial litigation, in both the civil and criminal areas. His litigation practice covers a broad range of complex commercial, civil, employment, criminal and labor-related matters. Mr. Turro represents professionals (i.e., lawyers, doctors, and other medical care providers) in professional disciplinary proceedings as well as businesses and individuals before various state and federal agencies. Mr. Turro’s practice also includes several substantial equine law matters in which he has represented both individuals and professional groups before the New York State Gaming Commission (formerly the Racing and Wagering Board) and the New York State Courts.

Mr. Turro has represented large international companies as well as local businesses and individuals. An accomplished litigator, Mr. Turro has achieved successful results for his clients in several seminal cases impacting on issues involving landowner liability, the valuation of a municipality’s tax assessments on environmentally impaired properties, such as Superfund sites, and attacks on the legality of regulations promulgated by governmental agencies. In his employment law practice, Mr. Turro represents clients in a variety of State and Federal matters, including employment discrimination claims arising under Title VII, the ADA, and the State Human Rights Law as well as Minimum Wage/Overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York State Labor laws. Mr. Turro also provides advice to clients in connection with employment contracts, severance agreements, comprehensive restrictive covenants, and a variety of commercial contracts. He has also authored numerous articles covering topics including the valuation of contaminated real property, the nature and scope of various legal privileges recognized by the courts, and on various employment-related legal issues.

In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Turro also acts as general outside corporate counsel, advising corporate clients on a broad range of legal matters including employment issues, business strategy matters, and compliance with local and federal rules and regulations.

 

Successfully prevailed before the New York State Appellate Division, Third Department, in a challenge on behalf of a race horse trainer, which resulted in the dismissal of entire case in which the NYS Gaming Commission alleged over 1,700 drugging violations.

Prevailed in a New York State Supreme Court election law case involving the New York State Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.

Mr. Turro also coordinates the pro bono program at the Meyer, Suozzi firm. Under his supervision, the firm’s pro bono program has become involved in a wide range of matters providing legal assistance to numerous local not-for-profit and charitable organizations (i.e., Island Harvest, the Long Island Arts in Education Roundtable, the Nassau County Museum of Art), legal organizations designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited needs (i.e., Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc. and the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence), as well as individuals such as families and students with special education needs.In 2013, Mr. Turro was named an Access to Justice Champion by the Nassau County Bar Association for his dedication in providing legal representation on a pro bono basis.

From 2001 through 2012, Mr. Turro also served as a member and the Chairman of the Nassau County Board of Ethics, the Board that reviews and issues opinions on conflicts of interest and other ethical issues involving county workers. Mr. Turro also serves as a member of both the Nassau County Bar Association’s Ethics Committee and Grievance Committee and previously served as Chief Assistant Counsel to the Governor’s Judicial Screening Committee for the Second Department. From 1994 through 2014, Mr. Turro was also an adjunct member of the law faculty of New York Law School where he taught upper level appellate writing and advocacy courses.

Active in civic and community affairs and groups throughout the Long Island area, Mr. Turro has been a member of the Nassau/Suffolk Law Services’ Executive Committee and Advisory Council. Mr. Turro also sits on the Advisory Board of Island Harvest. He previously served as a committee member of the Rockville Centre We Care Fund, as a Deputy Village Attorney to Rockville Centre, and as a coach in the Rockville Centre Soccer Club and the Rockville Centre Little League.

Before joining Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. in 1987, Mr. Turro served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County and clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. At the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, Mr. Turro split his time as a felony trial prosecutor and as a member of its Appeals Bureau. As an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Turro was responsible for investigating and prosecuting felonies from grand jury presentation through verdict and for the briefing and oral argument of felony appeals in the state appellate courts and of federal habeas cases before the Second Circuit. At the District Attorney’s office, Mr. Turro also headed the office’s pro bono Appellate Program. During his tenure as a federal law clerk at the Fourth Circuit, Mr. Turro worked extensively reviewing civil rights claims arising under Section 1983 and Title VII, administrative determinations of federal agencies, and direct criminal appeals.

Mr. Turro is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence. In 2016, Mr. Turro was named a “Top Ten Legal Eagle” from Long Island Pulse Magazine as one of the ten top attorneys on Long Island. Mr. Turro has also been the recipient of the Touro Law Center Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award (2004) and of the Nassau/Suffolk Law Services’ Partner in Justice Award. In 2014, Mr. Turro was named a finalist in SmartCEO’s ESQ Awards for the Industry Practice: Equine and Racing Law.

 

James D. Garbus

James D. Garbus is a Member of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., and is Chair of the Corporate Law Department, Co-Chair of the Corporate Finance Practice, and Co-Chair of the Cybersecurity practice. Mr. Garbus represents established as well as start-up businesses, providing day-to-day general corporate representation including legal and business advice to management on strategic planning (including exit strategies) and operational issues as they arise. Mr. Garbus focuses his practice in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance (representing both issuers and investors and including seed, private equity, and venture capital transactions and mezzanine and acquisition financing). Mr. Garbus also represents banks, other debt providers, and borrowers in lending transactions (including senior secured and subordinated debt facilities). He has experience in structuring and forming complex joint ventures, limited partnerships and limited liability companies.

Represented private equity firm in roll-up acquisition of multiple international semiconductor businesses and subsequent sale to an international public company

Represented manufacturer of products for the aerospace and military markets in sale to a private equity firm

 

Since 2010, Mr. Garbus has been recognized annually as a top corporate attorney in Long Island Business News’ Who’s Who in Corporate Law.

Mr. Garbus is also the co-founder of a film finance and production company.  He is the producer of several independent films and other productions.  He is also a former member of the Board of Naked Angels theater company in New York City.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Garbus was in private practice since 2003.  Before that, Mr. Garbus was a Partner at Jenkens & Gilchrist Parker Chapin, LLP (successor to Parker Chapin LLP) and an Associate at Breed Abbott & Morgan LLP where he practiced in the Corporate 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.

Megann McManus

Megann McManus is an Associate in the firm’s Labor and Employment Law practice in the New York City office of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.  Prior to joining the firm, Ms. McManus served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable John C. Kennedy, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, where she composed bench memoranda and drafted and edited judicial opinions.

While attending Rutgers University School of Law, Ms. McManus worked for the firm’s labor practice as a Peggy Browning summer fellow. She also interned with the National Labor Relations Board, Region 2 as well as the General Counsel for IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts. Also during law school, Ms. McManus was the Senior Managing Editor for Rutgers Race and the Law Journal.

Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. McManus worked at Actors’ Equity Association for seven years. Beginning as an intern in the organizing department, she held various positions within the Association and was ultimately named the director of staff development.

Thomas R. Slome

Thomas R. Slome, a member of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. located in Garden City, is Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy practice and Co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate Finance practice. Mr. Slome represents a wide variety of creditors in all aspects of bankruptcy including corporate reorganization, bankruptcy related litigation, debtor-in-possession and exit financing, creditors’ rights, and out of court debt restructuring. Mr. Slome’s clients include banks, factors, equipment lessors, mutual funds, hedge and private equity funds, energy service companies, landlords, developers, brokers, hospitals, trustees, creditors’ committees and debtors.

Mr. Slome serves as the Chair of the Chapter 11 Lawyers’ Advisory Committee of the Eastern District of New York Bankruptcy Court, which was established by the Court as a liaison between the Bankruptcy Judges of the District and its Bankruptcy Bar. He is also the Former Chair of the Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization of the New York City Bar Association.

Over the course of the last decade, Mr. Slome has represented parties involved in some of the most notable bankruptcy cases including A&P, Angelica, Blockbuster, Boston Generating, Borders, Hostess, Lehman Brothers, Lyondell, Patriot Coal, Tribune and Westinghouse to name a few. Additionally, Mr. Slome has experience with bankruptcy cases of manufacturers, importers, retailers and service companies in a wide array of industries, including energy, telecommunications, finance, real estate, electronics, software, fashion, manufacturing, not-for-profit and healthcare. Mr. Slome has also served as a court-appointed examiner and mediator in numerous cases pending in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Delaware. He has mediated preference and fraudulent conveyance lawsuits, as well as a contentious legal battle between a creditors’ committee and chapter 11 debtor over the debtor’s proposed plan of reorganization.

 

Represents national leader in oil and gas field servicing in Chapter 11 proceedings of Sabine Oil and Gas in the Southern District of New York.

Represents foreign representative appointed in Singapore bankruptcy, in Chapter 15 proceeding of Berau Capital Resources in the Southern District of New York.

 

Mr. Slome was recognized by Long Island Pulse Magazine from 2010 – 2014 as one of the region’s “Top Legal Eagles,” and in 2015 as Long Island’s top bankruptcy attorney. He is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence. From 2013-2017, Mr. Slome was recognized by New York Super Lawyers.

Mr. Slome has written numerous articles on bankruptcy related topics in various publications including The Bankruptcy Strategist, The American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, and The American Bar Association’s The Business Lawyer. He has lectured extensively on creditors’ rights and workout issues for the New York State Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, New York County Lawyers’ Association, Association of Corporate Counsel of America, Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, Commercial and Industrial Brokers’ Society and CoreNet (Commercial Real Estate Network). He recently co-authored a book published by Westlaw entitled “Examiners in Bankruptcy Cases: A Guide for Examiners, Courts and Practitioners” in conjunction with the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Mr. Slome was the law clerk to the late Bankruptcy Judge Robert John Hall of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York from 1983 through 1985 before joining Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance) in New York City. From 1990 through 1995, he was a partner at a well known New York City bankruptcy boutique, where he practiced in the areas of bankruptcy, reorganization, creditors’ rights, loan documentation and loan workouts.

In 1995, Mr. Slome founded the Uniondale-based bankruptcy and commercial litigation firm of Rosen Slome Marder LLP. Most of his firm joined Meyer, Suozzi in 2008.

Mr. Slome is on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island and is its former Chair.

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Edward J. LoBello

Edward J. LoBello is a Member of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., where he practices in the firm’s Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization, Corporate Finance and Litigation & Dispute Resolution groups located in Garden City, NY and in New York, NY. Mr. LoBello concentrates his practice on business restructuring, bankruptcy reorganizations, work-outs, corporate finance, creditors’ rights and related litigation.

For 15 consecutive years, Mr. LoBello is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level of professional excellence. From 2012-2017, he was recognized by New York Super Lawyers.

 

Receiver and Estate Fiduciary for National Events of America, Inc. and New World Events Group, Inc.

Conflicts counsel to Chapter 15 Foreign Representative in Mexicana Airlines; Counsel to Chapter 15 Foreign Representative in Berau Capital Resources PTE Ltd. and CFG Investment S.A.C.

Counsel to Debtor in Possession in China Fishery Group Limited and US Gen New England, Inc.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. LoBello was a Partner in the New York City office of a national law firm where he represented all major constituents in bankruptcy cases including debtors in possession, creditors’ committees, committee members, institutional lenders, trade creditors, landlords, insurance companies, equipment lessors, asset purchasers, and preference defendants, among others. Mr. LoBello has represented clients in numerous large and significant Chapter 11 cases, including Chrysler LLC, General Motors Corp., Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., Compania Mexicana de Aviacion, S.A. de C.V., Delta Air Lines, Inc.,  Solutia, Inc., A.P. Green Industries, Inc., US Gen New England, Inc. and Global Crossing, Ltd., to name but a few.

 

Susan G. Curtis

Susan G. Curtis is Of Counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., where she practices in the firm’s Employee Benefits group located in New York City, NY. Ms. Curtis has an extensive employee benefits and executive compensation background that includes advising clients on tax qualified defined benefit and defined contribution plans, including governmental, multiemployer and single employer plans, plans holding employer stock, as well as 403(b) and 457 plans. Her experience includes drafting plan documents, qualifying plans with the IRS and ensuring their continued compliance with applicable statutes and regulations, including EPCRS filings. She counsels clients with respect to ERISA’s fiduciary requirements, including correction of fiduciary issues, and ERISA’s reporting and disclosure requirements.

Ms. Curtis assists clients with both insured and self-insured welfare plans, including health, flexible spending, long and short-term disability and life insurance programs, and provides legal advice to clients as to Affordable Care Act compliance and design issues.

Ms. Curtis also advises clients on the design of their executive compensation programs and the executive compensation aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Curtis negotiates employment and severance agreements on behalf of executives of private investment funds, publicly held corporations and closely held businesses.

Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Ms. Curtis worked as an associate at Proskauer Rose, served as Counsel at White & Case and did legal work for Meyer Souzzi as an outside lawyer. Ms. Curtis also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at New York University Law School for several years.

Linda E. Rodd

Linda E. Rodd has been Of Counsel in Meyer, Suozzi’s Labor and ERISA Practice Groups since 2000. She works on all aspects of collectively bargained employee benefits law.

Ms. Rodd is co-counsel to the 1199 Greater New York multi-employer Pension, Health, Education, Job Security, Labor-Management Cooperation and Child Care Funds – which provide benefits to 20,000 1199 members in Metropolitan New York and New Jersey and their dependents.

Drafting trust agreements and IRS filings for tax-exempt Funds;

Advising Funds’ Staff and Trustees on plan design and operational structure, including preparation of restated plan documents to comply with legislative changes;

Before joining Meyer, Suozzi, Ms. Rodd was a Partner at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard. Previously, she was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Irwin Bluestein

Irwin Bluestein has been a member of Meyer Suozzi since 1999. He has represented labor organizations and their related employee benefit plans for more than 40 years.  Among his clients are unions and employee benefit plans in health care, higher education, newspaper, printing, and other industries.

His representation of these clients includes collective bargaining, arbitration, litigation, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and other federal and state administrative agencies; advising employee benefit plans regarding plan design and administration; drafting plan and trust documents, summary plan descriptions, and the like; addressing fiduciary and compliance issues; merging funds and plans; and litigating trustee deadlocks, withdrawal liability, delinquent contributions, and participant claims.

Mr. Bluestein counsels single and multi-employer Taft-Hartley pension and benefit plans, and has negotiated extensively in connection with non-Taft-Hartley plans. He was recently involved in developing and obtaining approval of the first defined benefit adjustable pension plan approved by the IRS. He has since been involved in establishing a second defined benefit adjustable pension plan, and is in the process of negotiating other such plans. It is his hope that defined benefit adjustable pension plans will help reverse the growth of defined contribution plans, such as 401 (k) plans, which he considers anathema to the interests of workers and retirees.

Mr. Bluestein is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell. He is listed in New York Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America, and was named the Best Lawyers’ New York City Litigation – Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year for 2015.

Before joining Meyer Suozzi, Mr. Bluestein was a member of Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. He is a frequent speaker and instructor on labor law and employee benefits issues.