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 transactions.  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 real estate acquisitions and construction loans.

Ms. O’Brien received her J.D., with honors from St. John’s University School of Law in 1992. 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.

 

Michael Kwiatkowski

Michael Kwiatkowski is an Associate with the Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization practice group at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. Mr. Kwiatkowski’s practice includes advising clients in the area of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights with significant experience in representing debtors and creditors in chapter 7 and chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. He also has extensive expertise in representing financial institutions on lender liability issues, in mortgage foreclosure cases, and in commercial litigation, with a particular focus on state and federal court litigation in New York and New Jersey.

Mr. Kwiatkowski began his legal career before starting law school. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal, he worked as a legal assistant for a bankruptcy and commercial litigation law firm. While a law student at Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Kwiatkowski served as an intern to the Honorable Jerome Feller of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York and Judge Bernard J. Fried of the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court, and he interned with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Kwiatkowski also served as an Executive Board member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and as a Barry L. Zaretsky Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Center fellow while in law school.



Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Mr. Kwiatkowski worked at several prominent law firms, including Hogan Lovells US LLP, where he concentrated on bankruptcy law, mortgage foreclosures, and commercial litigation.

Lois Carter Schlissel

Lois Carter Schlissel served as the firm’s Managing Attorney from 2002-2017. She is Of Counsel of the firm’s Employment Law practice and has counseled clients with respect to federal and state employment laws, compliance issues, and personnel matters and handles 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 Adelphi University Board of Trustees, the Board of Overseers of Northwell Health System, and the Board of Directors of Huntington Hospital.

In 2018, Mrs. Schlissel received the Executive Circle Award from Long Island Business News. She 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, Mrs. Schlissel was recognized as one of the Best Attorneys on Long Island by the Long Island Press. She 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.

 



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.

Daniel B. Rinaldi

Daniel B. Rinaldi is an Associate in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.

Mr. Rinaldi represents individuals and businesses, including not-for-profits and municipalities, in litigation in state, federal, and alternative dispute resolution fora.

Mr. Rinaldi practices in areas of the law such as contracts, labor and employment, business torts, including interference with contractual relations, misappropriation of trade secrets, and fraudulent conveyances, corporations and other business organizations, including partnerships and LLCs, insurance, and civil rights.

In 2019, Mr. Rinaldi was named to the New York Super Lawyers – Rising Star list.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Rinaldi was an Associate in the Litigation Department at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in New York City.