Location: Garden City, Long Island, NY


Steven T. Cheng

Steven T. Cheng is an Associate in the Corporate Department at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. Mr. Cheng focuses his practice on general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and other business and financial transactions. He represents corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, from startups to established companies, on a variety of matters, including, structuring, drafting and negotiating transactions, corporate governance, securities offerings, and their day-to-day operations. Mr. Cheng also represents issuers, lenders and borrowers in their funding activities, including joint ventures, equity investments, and debt financings.

 



Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cheng was a corporate associate at an international law firm.

Jordan D. Weiss

Jordan D. Weiss is an Associate to the Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization Law group at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. located in Garden City, New York.

Mr. Weiss’ practice focuses on advising clients in the area of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights with significant experience in representing debtors, creditors and trustees in chapter 7 and chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.

Before joining Meyer Suozzi, Mr. Weiss was an Associate at a boutique bankruptcy firm on Long Island. After graduating from law school, Jordan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Grossman, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

Mr. Weiss received his J.D., cum laude, from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2015. While in law school, Jordan was a Notes Editor for the Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal, and his student note, Non-Dischargeability of Mixed Student Debt, 13 Cardozo Pub. L. Pol’y & Ethics J. 281 (2014), was selected for publication.

 

Catherine Z. O’Brien

Catherine Z. O’Brien is Of Counsel to the Real Estate Law group at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. located in Garden City, New York.

Ms. O’Brien’s practice focuses on commercial real estate matters, including representation of landlords and tenants in a variety of lease transaction, real estate acquisitions and construction loans. In addition, she has represented national wireless communications carriers in connection with lease and licensing transactions in New York City and surrounding areas.

Before joining Meyer Suozzi, Ms. O’Brien was associated with two Long Island-based law firms in an Of Counsel capacity, where she advised clients in commercial leasing, real estate acquisitions, construction loans and general corporate representation.

Ms. O’Brien received her J.D., with honors from St. John’s University School of Law in 1992. She was also on the Editorial Staff, St. John’s Law Review. She received her B.A., from the University of Virginia in 1987.

Matthew A. Marcucci

Matthew A. Marcucci handles complex disputes for clients that run the gamut from publicly traded, multinational companies to middle-market and small businesses.  He has broad experience in a variety of commercial matters, and has litigated actions involving claims alleging breach of contract, fraud, business torts, and intellectual property violations, as well as shareholder disputes and corporate dissolution proceedings, among others.

 



 

Matthew has received numerous accolades for his legal successes.  He has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters publication) each year since 2018, and he shares this distinction with no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state.  In February 2020, Matthew received the Long Island Business News’ 40 Under 40 Award, which honors outstanding members of the business community on Long Island who are 40 years old or younger.

Matthew remains enthusiastically involved in the legal community, and has taught CLEs and authored publications on topics of interest.  In November 2020, Matthew served as one of the presenters of the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court’s CLE, “Litigating in a Post-COVID-19 World, and Contract Obligations in a Post-COVID-19 World.”  In May 2020, Law360 published his article, “Case Law May Guide NY Employers On COVID-19 Bias Risks,” which is available here.  Matthew also contributed to the initiative of the Historical Society of the New York Courts to record the responses by New York’s legal community to the COVID-19 crisis.  He described his experiences litigating during the pandemic in an interview with the Hon. Randall T. Eng, which is available here.

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.

In 2019, Justice Eng received the Charles W. Froessel Award at the Queens County Bar Association’s 142nd Annual Dinner and Installation of Officers and Managers. In 2018, Justice Eng received the Career Public Service Award at The Fund for Modern Courts. He was also honored at The Asian American Bar Association of New York’s Annual Judges’ Reception. Justice Eng also received The Queens District Attorney Office Public Service Excellence Award at The Annual Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration.

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 Of Counsel 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.

In 2020, Mrs. Santoro was selected as a Top 50 Women in Business by Long Island Business News. This award recognizes Long Island’s top women professionals for their business acumen, mentoring and community involvement.

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.

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.

In 2019, Mr. Berger was recognized as the Long Island Herald’s Real Estate Achievers and Leaders Commercial & Real Estate Attorney.

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

 



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.

 

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, 2016, and 2020, Judge Warshawsky was voted as one of the top 10 Arbitrators in a New York Law Journal reader’s poll. In 2017, he 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. In both 2016 and 2018, Judge Warshawsky was also named an “ADR Champion” by the National Law Journal.

In 2019, Judge Warshawsky received the Of Counsel Award for Long Island Business News’ Leadership in Law Awards.  In 2018, Judge Warshawsky was named ADR Champion by The National Law Journal. In 2017, he 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.

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 commercial, constitutional, real estate, employment, 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 also concentrates his practice in the area of commercial litigation involving disputes between shareholders and members and all members of complex commercial litigation.



In 2019 and 2021, Mr. Millus was named to the New York Super Lawyers list. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are recognized by Super Lawyers for this recognition.

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, business divorces, LLC member rights, employment law for management and other complex litigation. He also regularly provides advice to employers concerning their rights and obligations in the workplace. As a commentator on various news and current event programming for Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNBC and Fox News Radio, he has opined on the 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., 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 until joining Meyer Suozzi in 2012. Mr. Millus has also represented municipalities on Long Island.

Mr. Millus is rated “AV” 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 Chair of the Labor & Employment Committee of the NCBA, Past President of the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court, a member of the Eastern District Association of former Assistant and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and is a member of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center Board of Governors.

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:



 

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 2013-2021, Mr. Antongiovanni was named to the New York Super Lawyers list, which recognizes no more than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers in each state from more than 70 practice areas, who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.