Position: Member


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.

 

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.

 

Paul F. Millus

Paul Millus is a Member to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. and practices in the Litigation and Employment Law Departments located in both Meyer Suozzi’s Garden City, Long Island and New York City Office.  Mr. Millus has been involved in all aspects of state and federal litigation throughout his legal career handling a variety of litigated matters from inception, motion practice, trial and appeals. Mr. Millus has tried both jury and non-jury matters dealing with a wide range of issues from civil rights, commercial, constitutional, real estate, employment, tort and Surrogate’s Court matters.  If the matter needs to be tried before a judge or a jury in state or federal court, Mr. Millus stands ready to do so in almost any area of the law. Mr. Millus regularly provides advice to employers and employees concerning their rights and obligations in the workplace including consultation on employee handbooks, HR training, discrimination policies, FMLA, FLSA, employment contracts, wage and hour concerns and all manner of workplace issues.

 

Successfully represented multiple Long Island municipalities in upholding the constitutionality of a variety of Town Ordinances

Obtained favorable resolutions for several corporate clients who were subjected to claims by plaintiffs who claimed that the clients’ building violated the ADA

 

Mr. Millus has almost 30 years of extensive litigation and trial experience in the Federal and State courts. He has represented clients focusing on commercial matters including shareholder disputes and business breakups, employment law for management and complex litigation. He also regularly provides advice to employers concerning their rights and obligations in the workplace and provides HR training to companies. As a commentator on various news and current event programming for Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNBC and Fox News Radio, he opines on legal issues of the day. Mr. Millus has published and lectured on cutting-edge issues focusing on commercial litigation, employment law, federal practice and trial practice for the NYS Bar Assoc., Nassau County Bar Assoc., Lorman CLE, the N.Y.C. Bar Association and the Inn of Court.

Mr. Millus began his litigation career as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the E.D.N.Y. from 1987 – 1989. He joined Snitow & Pauley in 1989 and became a partner in Snitow Kanfer Holtzer & Millus, LLP in 1998. Mr. Millus has also represented municipalities on Long Island.

Mr. Millus is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell – the highest level of professional excellence and ethics confirming that Mr. Millus is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity in the practice of law. Mr. Millus is active with various Bar organizations in and around New York City and Long Island. He is the Former Chair of the Federal Courts Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association, present Vice Chair of the Labor & Employment Committee of the NCBA, Past President of the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court and a member of the Eastern District Association of former Assistant and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys.

Mr. Millus has written extensively on many aspects of the law publishing articles in the New York Law Journal, Nassau Lawyer, Suffolk Lawyer and New York State Bar Journal. Recent publications include:

Author, “Overtime — Times Two,” Nassau Lawyer, January 13, 2017

Author, “The All too Soon Passing of an Artist,” The Gateway, December 14, 2016

Author, “The Evolving Joint Employer Concept and the NLRB,” New York Stat Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Journal, November 11, 2016

 

Michael J. Antongiovanni

Michael J. Antongiovanni is a Member of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. and is in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group where he represents a broad array of clients, ranging from individuals and professionals to small businesses and large, international companies. Mr. Antongiovanni handles all types of civil  disputes, including business disputes, breach of contract claims, residential and commercial real estate matters, shareholder and partnership disputes, employment matters, unfair competition, fraud, construction law, broker-commission claims, business torts and other civil claims. Mr. Antongiovanni is the Member in charge of Real Estate Litigation at the firm.

Mr. Antongiovanni focuses closely on his clients’ objectives and devises strategies designed to achieve those objectives effectively and efficiently.  He is a proven litigator with considerable experience in all phases of litigation, trial and appeal.

From 2013-2017, Mr. Antongiovanni was named to the New York Super Lawyers – Rising Star list. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are recognized by Super Lawyers for this recognition.

 

Successfully defended and resolved $26 million claim against corporate client stemming from an acquisition of a business and alleged breach of an asset purchase agreement

Successfully litigated fraudulent conveyance action on behalf of creditor-client resulting in the rescission of several multi-million dollar transactions

 

Robert N. Zausmer

Robert N. Zausmer was re-named a Member of the firm in March 2009.  Previously he held the position Of Counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.’s litigation practice group located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y., having rejoined the firm in April 2007.

Mr. Zausmer focuses his practice in all aspects of civil litigation and criminal law, including motion practice, trials and appeals. Mr. Zausmer has extensive experience in cases involving all areas of Surrogate Court litigation, non-competition and restrictive covenants in employment contracts; shareholder disputes; dissolution of closely-held corporations; representation of attorneys in disciplinary proceedings; and representation of defendants in criminal cases.

Prior to rejoining the firm, Mr. Zausmer served as Associate General Legal Counsel to The Robert Plan (Woodbury, NY), a client he represented over the years.  Mr. Zausmer joined Meyer, Suozzi originally in 1983 as an Associate and was made a partner in1984, a position he held for 20 years.  From 1979 to 1983 he was an attorney at the general practice firm on Peirez, Ackerman & Levine in Great Neck.  Mr. Zausmer served as Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office from 1973 until 1979, during which time he worked in the Appeals Bureau, County Court Felony Trial Bureau, and the Major Offense Bureau.

Thomas R. Slome

Thomas R. Slome, a member of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. located in Garden City and New York City, is Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy practice, Co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate Finance practice and Treasurer of the firm. 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 and currently a member.

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, SunEdison, Tribune, Vitamin World 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.

Represented 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.

Reported Decisions:

Jil Mazer-Marino

Jil Mazer-Marino was named a Member of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. in 2011 having joined the firm as Of Counsel to the firm’s Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization and Corporate Finance law practice in 2008.  In addition to serving as a chapter 7 panel trustee for the Southern District of New York, Ms. Mazer-Marino practices in the area of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights and has extensive experience representing debtors, creditors’ committees, and secured and unsecured creditors in large and complex chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. She has represented chapter 7 and chapter 11 trustees, chapter 11 debtors in possession, and plan administrators in all aspects of bankruptcy case administration. Also, Ms. Mazer-Marino represents banks, indenture trustees, factors and other lenders in connection with debtor in possession financing, out of court debt restructuring, and debt collection.

 

Chapter 7 trustee for Tavern on the Green

Chapter 7 Trustee for National Sports Museum

 

Ms. Mazer-Marino has lectured on creditors’ rights and bankruptcy topics for the New York State Bar Association, Practicing Law Institute, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Greater New York Chapter, the Long Island Business Resource Association and the New York Institute of Credit. From 2013-2017, Ms. Mazer-Marino was recognized as a New York Super Lawyer.

Prior to joining Meyer, Suozzi, Ms. Mazer-Marino was a partner at the bankruptcy boutique firm of Rosen Slome Marder, LLP.  From 1990 through 1991, Ms. Mazer-Marino served as a law clerk to Hon. Conrad B. Duberstein, former Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of New York, after which she practiced in the business reorganization and restructuring department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York City.

Jack Rubinstein

Jack Rubinstein has been a Member of the Tax Certiorari and Condemnation practice at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. since 1993. His office is in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. Mr. Rubinstein provides a full range of real estate tax assessment services representing his clients in commercial and residential tax assessment reduction proceedings, projecting real estate taxes in connection with the purchase, development and improvement of properties, and advising clients regarding tax exemptions. Mr. Rubinstein has handled hundreds of tax certiorari cases involving both commercial and residential properties. These cases have resulted in substantial refunds. In the area of eminent domain, his representation has helped property owners and tenants obtain damages against county, town and local condemning authorities.

Mr. Rubinstein is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level of professional excellence and he has been recognized by Long Island Pulse Magazine as one of the region’s “Top Legal Eagles”.

Prior to joining Meyer, Suozzi in 1986, Mr. Rubinstein was an associate with a large tax certiorari law firm in New York City.

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.

 

Lois Carter Schlissel

Lois Carter Schlissel chairs the Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. Board of Directors. As Board Chair, she is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Mrs. Schlissel served as the firm’s Managing Attorney from 2002-2017.

In addition to her management role, Mrs. Schlissel heads the firm’s Employment Law practice and is an active member of the Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution department. She counsels clients with respect to federal and state employment laws, compliance issues, and personnel matters and litigates significant commercial cases as well as claims arising under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act.

Mrs. Schlissel is a member of the Board of Overseers of Northwell Health System, the Board of Directors of the Long Island Association and the Adelphi University Board of Trustees.

Mrs. Schlissel is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level of professional excellence. She was honored for her “extraordinary service to the community and superb lawyering” by the Nassau County Bar Association, We Care Fund in 2012. She was also recognized by Long Island Pulse Magazine in 2010 and 2011 as one of the region’s “Top Legal Eagles”. In 2007 she was recognized as one of the Best Attorneys on Long Island by the Long Island Press. Mrs. Schlissel was named by Long Island Business News (LIBN) as one of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women, and was admitted into the LIBN Top 50 Hall of Fame. The Long Island Center for Business & Professional Women conferred its Achievers’ Award in the Field of Law on Mrs. Schlissel and she was named a “Woman Achiever Against the Odds” by the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls.

 

Tried and won several jury trials in commercial and employment cases in state and federal courts.

Conducted internal investigations in various industries including insurance, professional services and non-profits, concerning allegations of bribery, administrative misconduct, discrimination and sexual improprieties and worked with upper management to deal with attendant legal and personnel issues.

 

Mrs. Schlissel has written and lectured extensively before bar associations, employment groups and professional organizations. She has given numerous media interviews and provided commentary relating to Federal civil practice, employment law issues, workplace discrimination and sexual harassment.

Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Mrs. Schlissel was a law clerk at the New York State Court of Appeals and, thereafter, a litigation associate in the New York City office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP.