Location: Garden City, Long Island, NY


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.

Mr. Marcucci litigates and arbitrates complex commercial disputes.  He has prosecuted and defended actions alleging business torts, fraud, breach of contract, professional malpractice, and intellectual property violations. Before joining Meyer Suozzi, Mr. Marcucci worked at two boutique Manhattan-based law firms where he represented a diverse array of high-profile clients in advertising, arts and entertainment, real estate, manufacturing, finance, aviation, and hospitality.

Mr. Marcucci received his J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law in 2014, where he was the Senior Writing & Research Editor of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal.  While in law school, Mr. Marcucci served as a judicial intern at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009.

In addition to practicing law, Mr. Marcucci has sung professionally, including a performance at Carnegie Hall.  He also has proficiency in Mandarin Chinese.

 

Gregg M. Kligman

Gregg M. Kligman is an Associate in the Employment Law practice at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. located in Garden City, NY and New York, NY.  Mr. Kligman represent employers in a broad range of industries in all areas of labor and employment law and related litigation in federal and state court, as well as before administrative bodies including the United States Equal Employment  Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the United States Department of Labor, and the New York State Department of Labor.

Mr. Kligman regularly counsels employers on their rights and obligations under federal, state, and local laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, the New York Labor Law, the New York Paid Family Leave Law, the New York City Human Rights Law, and the New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act. He also assists with drafting employer policies, handbooks, restrictive covenants, severance agreements, tip pool agreements, and other employment-related agreements.

Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Mr. Kligman worked as an Associate attorney at Fox Rothschild LLP in New York, NY, where he represented management in the full spectrum of labor and employment law matters and defended clients in federal and state court in cases alleging violations of wage and hour law, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.  At Fox Rothschild, Mr. Kligman also represented management in audits and actions brought before administrative agencies. Mr. Kligman was selected to Super Lawyers’ New York Metro Rising Stars list (2015-2017)[1].

While at Cornell University, Mr. Kligman was a Teaching Assistant for Public Speaking and Business Professional Speaking. He has published, “Comprehensive Handbook Helped Lead to Dismissal of Case” and “Nevada High Court Invalidates Overbroad Noncompete Agreement” in Hospitality Law.

 

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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.

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.

 

Kevin Schlosser

Kevin Schlosser is a Member and the Chair of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. Mr. Schlosser has been involved in all aspects of state and federal litigation since starting his legal career in 1984. An experienced civil litigator, Mr. Schlosser has engineered the legal strategy for a broad range of cases and arbitrations, including complex commercial disputes, business torts, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, professional liability and malpractice claims, construction law, real estate and commercial landlord-tenant disputes, corporate and partnership disputes, ERISA, health law, Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act class actions, employment and restrictive covenants, intellectual property, products liability, insurance claims and defense, including disability insurance claims and the prosecution and defense of other tort-related claims. His clients consist of some of the largest companies in the world, as well as local businesses and individuals, including senior law partners, accountants, doctors and others in the professions. A proven appellate lawyer, he is also an accomplished trial attorney, whose victories include million-dollar recoveries and a record-breaking jury verdict.

In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Schlosser also acts as general outside corporate counsel, advising corporate clients on the full spectrum of legal affairs. Mr. Schlosser receives referrals for most of his clients from other practicing attorneys (often former adversaries) and existing clients. Because of his experience in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court in Nassau County, Mr. Schlosser is also frequently tapped to serve as local Long Island counsel to many other law firms in New York City and out of state.

 



 

Mr. Schlosser serves in various teaching capacities: He is a member of the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy; has chaired the Continuing Legal Education Program on New York Civil Motion Practice at Hofstra Law School; and is a member of the Continuing Legal Education faculty panel of the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association Academy of Law, where he instructs experienced practicing attorneys. He has given CLE seminars and presentations with some of the most prominent judges in the state and federal courts, including Supreme Court Commercial Division Justices Timothy S. Driscoll, Vito M. DeStefano, Stephen Bucaria, Emily Pines, Elizabeth Hazlitt Emerson, Saliann Scarpulla and Thomas Whelan, Appellate Division Justices Leonard Austin, Karla Moskowitz, Barbara Kapnick and federal judiciary such as U.S. District Court Judges Shira Scheindlin, Richard J. Sullivan and Nicholas G. Garaufis and Magistrate Judges A. Kathleen Tomlinson, Arlene R. Lindsay and William Wall. Many of Mr. Schlosser’s activities can be viewed in detail by clicking on the relevant links to the left. Click here to view details from meetings of Nassau County Bar Association’s Commercial Litigation Committee, which Mr. Schlosser chaired from 2013-2015.

Mr. Schlosser has written extensively on many aspects of the law, publishing numerous articles over twenty years in leading legal publications. He has authored the “Litigation Review” column for the New York Law Journal and served on the Board of Editors of the Nassau Lawyer, which is the official publication of the Nassau County Bar Association.  Many of Mr. Schlosser’s articles can be viewed by clicking on the “Publications” link to the left. He is also the author of a blog, www.nyfraudclaims.com, which covers new developments concerning claims of fraud and misrepresentation in civil litigation under New York law.

Active in charitable organizations, Mr. Schlosser received the 2003 Leadership Award presented by the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  He also serves as a faculty member of the Construction Management Institute, sponsored by the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors, helping minority-owned contractors enhance their developing businesses.

During law school, Mr. Schlosser was a Member and then Articles Editor of the Hofstra Law Review. In his capacity as Articles Editor, Mr. Schlosser interacted with and edited articles of some of the most prominent and well-respected legal scholars, including law professors, evidence experts, and Congressional leaders. He also clerked for the Honorable George C. Pratt, United States Circuit Court Judge, where he drafted several court decisions, including a complex antitrust ruling.  He also obtained valuable trial experience while clerking in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he assisted in the prosecution of several major felony cases. Mr. Schlosser graduated law school with the highest honors. Additionally, he was a founding officer of a national criminal justice honor society at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York.

At the outset of his career, Mr. Schlosser acquired intensive litigation experience, having been trained at two, prominent firms based in New York City: Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, and Chadbourne & Parke. In 1990, he became an associate of one of Long Island’s largest law firms, where he rose to the level of a managing partner and head of its litigation department, the largest group in the firm. After joining Meyer, Suozzi and becoming a Member in 2002, Mr. Schlosser was appointed Co-Chair of the firm’s litigation department in November 2002. In 2006, Mr. Schlosser became Chair of the litigation department.  He is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Mr. Schlosser is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence.  Mr. Schlosser was recognized by Long Island Pulse Magazine in 2010 and 2011 as the region’s “Top Legal Eagle for Litigation.” In 2016, Mr. Schlosser was inducted as the President of the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court. Mr. Schlosser has also been named to the New York Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in New York from 2012-2019.

Michael A. Serpico

Michael A. Serpico is an Associate in the firm’s Personal Injury Department at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. Mr. Serpico has significant experience in state and federal civil litigation from intake to appeal. He has also secured numerous successful appellate decisions, including Aloise v Saulo, 51 AD3d 829 [2d Dept 2008], Castro v Salem Truck Leasing, Inc., 63 AD3d 1095 [2d Dept 2009], Morreale v 105 Page Homeowners Assn., Inc., 2010 NY Slip Op 08714 [2d Dept 2010], Himmelberger v 40-50 Brighton First Rd. Apts. Corp., 2012 NY Slip Op 02636 [2d Dept 2012], Sorrentini v Netta Realty Group, 2012 NY Slip Op 07608 [1st Dept 2012], Torres v Saint Vincent’s Catholic Med. Ctrs. of N.Y., 2014 NY Slip Op 03256 [2d Dept 2014], Santoro v Geico, 14 NY Slip Op 03821 [2d Dept 2014], Balram v CJ Transp., LLC, 2015 NY Slip Op 02921 [2d Dept 2015], and 40-50 Brighton First Rd. Apts. Corp. v Henderson, 2015 NY Slip Op 25406 [App Term, 2d Dept, 2d, 11th and 13th Jud Dists 2015]

Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Mr. Serpico was the Senior Associate at the Law Office of Everett J. Petersson, P.C., in Brooklyn, New York. Previously, he served as a Judicial Law Extern for The Honorable Doris Ling-Cohan of New York State Supreme Court, who is now a Justice of the Appellate Term, First Department.

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.