Location: Garden City, Long Island, NY


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 is an Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.

Matt is a courtroom-ready commercial litigator who handles complex disputes involving breach of contract, fraud, intellectual property violations, shareholder disputes, and “business divorces,” among other things.  His clients run the gamut from publicly-traded multinational corporations to middle-market businesses and individual professionals. Matt is also one of a handful of attorneys who have represented Native American tribes, including one of New York State’s recognized Indian nations in eastern Long Island.

In 2018 and 2019, Matt was selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters publication.  He shares this distinction with no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state.

Matt received his J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.  While in law school, he served as a judicial intern at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  In addition to practicing law, Matt is also an accomplished musician and has proficiency in Mandarin Chinese.

Brandon S. Lisogorsky

Brandon S. Lisogorsky is an Associate in the Corporate Law Department of Meyer Suozzi.

Mr. Lisogorsky practice is focused on representing public and private company clients in connection with general corporate matters including stock and asset acquisitions, mergers and consolidations, recapitalizations, and other business reorganizations. Brandon also advises corporate clients with respect to their corporate governance matters, operational issues, securities matters and financing arrangements.

Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Mr. Lisogorsky worked as an attorney in a Long Island-based law firm in the Corporate Department. He was also a consultant, preparing tax returns for Real Estate Investment Trusts. During law school, he interned in the legal department of an international trade and customs law firm, as well as in the tax department of a multi-focused law firm.

Mr. Lisogorsky received his J.D. from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, his M.S. in accounting from C.W. Post – Long Island University, and his B.S. in accounting from the University at Buffalo.

While at Hofstra Law, Mr. Lisogorsky was a member of The American College and Estate Counsel Law Journal and served as a Senior Articles Editor. He was also a teaching assistant and a member of the Hofstra Tax Law Society where he participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. During his time at Hofstra Law, Mr. Lisogorsky participated in both the Community & Economic Development Clinic and the Health & Policy Law Clinic.

 

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

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

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.

 

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, 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.

James D. Garbus

James D. Garbus is a Member of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.. He is Chair of the Corporate Law Department and Chair of the Corporate Finance 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.

Over the past 20 years, Mr. Garbus has spent significant time counseling shareholders, partners, members and companies on strategizing, negotiating, and settling business owner disputes and partnership divorces of closely-held companies.

 



In 2019, Mr. Garbus was named to the New York Super Lawyers list. In 2019, Mr. Garbus was awarded Long Island Business News’ Executive Circle Award. He is a founding member and co-chair of the Middle Market Alliance of Long Island, Inc. 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. Before that, Mr. Garbus was a Partner at Parker Chapin LLP and an Associate at Breed Abbott & Morgan LLP where he practiced in the Corporate Department.

 

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 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.