Position: Of Counsel


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.

 

 

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.

 

Barry R. Shapiro

Barry R. Shapiro is Of Counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y., and practices in the firms Corporate Law Group.  Mr. Shapiro joined the firm in January 2003. His broadly-based practice focuses on representing businesses from birth, through growth, to maturity, and to ultimate disposition. Clients range from start-up ventures to mid-size and multi-national concerns, and include manufacturers, distributors, service providers, professionals, corporate executives, not-for-profit organizations and lending institutions.  Mr. Shapiro concentrates in particular on mergers and acquisitions, employee relations and day-to-day business counseling.  Mr. Shapiro is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence.

Called one of the “best known names in corporate practice” by Long Island Business News, and one of Long Island’s most influential individuals, Mr. Shapiro has been published in Newsday, Crain’s New York Business, and Long Island Business News. He has written for the newsletter of the General Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Shapiro has lectured at the Pace University School of Law and the Nassau Academy of Law.

In addition to his legal activity, Mr. Shapiro is deeply involved in community affairs. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Public Television Station Thirteen/WNET New York.  In June 2006, he delivered the commencement address to the graduating class of the Henry Viscardi High School in Albertson, New York. The school allows students with significant physical disabilities and medical impairments to achieve high standards of academic rigor in a barrier free environment.

In addition, Mr. Shapiro was the 2003 Chair of “Celebrity Sports Night,” an event that raised over $1.1 million for Abilities! (formerly the National Center for Disability Services) on Long Island, where he has been counsel for over twenty five years. Among his numerous achievements, he was the 1998 recipient of Dowling College’s Tribute Award for community service. In 1996, he was presented with the Excellence in Cultural Support Award by Public Television WLIW21 and was the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Man of the Year in 1995. He received the distinguished Long Islander in Law Award from the Epilepsy Foundation in 1994.

From 1988 until 2003, Mr. Shapiro headed the corporate practice group at Uniondale-based Rivkin Radler LLP. He was the Partner-in-Charge of the Corporate Practice Group at Farrell Fritz, P.C. from 1983 until 1988.  From 1974 until 1983, he served as Vice President and General Counsel of Avis, Inc. Mr. Shapiro held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sunsource International, Inc. in 1997.

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.

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.

Richard Eisenberg

Since January 2008, Richard Eisenberg has been Of Counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y., practicing in the Corporate law, Corporate Finance, Real Estate and Litigation and Dispute Resolution practices. Mr. Eisenberg has a broad range of litigation experience in areas including contracts, securities fraud, RICO, anti-trust, land title matters, patent infringement, insurance coverage disputes, construction claims, corporate valuations and criminal matters.  He has conducted jury and non-jury trials to verdict, as well as arbitrations and mediations, in the State and Federal courts throughout the New York metropolitan area. His appellate practice includes appearances before the Appellate Division, Second Department, the New York State Court of Appeals, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  In his transactional work, Mr. Eisenberg has counseled clients in corporate reorganizations, internal investigations, bankruptcy, real estate financing, contracts, deferred compensation programs, intellectual property matters, mergers and acquisitions, tax matters, environmental compliance and the selection and supervision of outside counsel and accountants.

 

Has served as the owner’s representative or project executive on approximately 100 million dollars of completed real estate development projects, both public and private. For these projects, he was responsible for land acquisition, planning, zoning, commercial and retail leasing, mortgage lending, property management, construction agreements and supervision of architects, engineers and contractors.

Has served as General Counsel to numerous privately held corporations with interests in military manufacturing, software consulting, consumer products, engineering, construction and property management. In that position, he has directed mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, government and commercial contracts, regulatory compliance and the supervision of litigation throughout the United States.

Mr. Eisenberg began his career as a Kings County Assistant District Attorney, where he prosecuted felony cases including homicides and public corruption matters. During part of his tenure as an Assistant DA, he was assigned to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York from 1977 to 1978.

Stephen P. Scaring

Stephen P. Scaring is a Criminal Defense attorney who is Of Counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. in Garden City, Long Island, New York.  Mr. Scaring concentrates his practice in criminal law and white collar criminal matters. He was an Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Homicide Bureau in Nassau County from 1969 to 1977, and also served as a Special Prosecutor in Suffolk County prior to entering private practice in 1977.

Mr. Scaring has been recognized by New York Super Lawyers Magazine, New York Metro edition for the past five years and was selected in 2008 by the New York State Bar Association for the Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award for Outstanding Defense Practitioner.  He is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence.

Mr. Scaring has served as an Associate Professor of Law and Psychiatry at C. W. Post College.

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.

Brian S. Stolar

Brian Stolar is Of Counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., and is a part of the Local Government, Land Use Law and Environmental Compliance, Government Relations, Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Real Estate practice groups located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. Mr. Stolar represents both public and private sector clients. In the private sector, Mr. Stolar represents property owners, developers, small businesses and major corporations in obtaining municipal approvals in both simple and complex land development projects.

In the public sector, Mr. Stolar is the Village Attorney for the Villages of Sea Cliff,  Woodsburgh, Hewlett Neck, Hewlett Bay Park and has served as counsel to numerous other municipalities and planning and zoning boards on Long Island. He has taught continuing legal education courses and published several articles on land use law, planning law and the law of  eminent domain.  Mr. Stolar also has lectured on land use and municipal law topics for the Nassau County Bar Association, Nassau County Planning Federation and the National Business Institute.

Mr. Stolar has served as an expert witness and land use consultant. He has appeared as a guest commentator on Channel 4 news in connection with land use and eminent domain issues.

Lynn M. Brown

Lynn M. Brown is Of Counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., and is a part of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Education Law practice groups located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. She began her career at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. as an associate in 2000, and was promoted to Of Counsel in 2003. Ms. Brown has been involved in all aspects of state and federal litigation, with particular emphasis on complex commercial disputes, including contract disputes, partnership disputes, corporate break-ups, antitrust, fraud actions, construction law matters, defamation cases, landlord-tenant disputes, professional liability and malpractice claims, matters concerning the enforceability of restrictive covenants, and wrongful termination, unfair competition and other business torts. She has handled traditional litigation matters as well as arbitrations and mediations, and has argued on the trial and appellate levels. She has represented a major tobacco company, publicly-traded and multi-million dollar corporations, as well as numerous closely-held corporations and business professionals.

Along with member Donnalynn Darling, Ms. Brown is a founding member of the firm’s Education Law practice, an outgrowth of her own experiences as the parent of a special-needs child. She routinely appears before the Committees on Special Education of numerous Long Island school districts, and in connection with impartial (due process) hearings, securing timely educational evaluations, services and accommodations for learning-disabled children under federal and state law. Ms. Brown also appears on behalf of students in connection with disciplinary matters, including long and short-term suspensions. Ms. Brown frequently gives presentations to parent and professional groups, including PTAs, regarding the rights of children with disabilities.

Successfully obtained dismissal of state court action against partner alleging breach of fiduciary duty.

Ms. Brown was trained at what is now Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP , where she was both a summer associate and litigation associate. She also served as litigation associate at Webster & Sheffield from 1985 to 1991. Ms. Brown then practiced at a litigation boutique firm, where a significant amount of her time was spent on employment law matters and litigating on behalf of several major hospital clients.