Meyer Suozzi, one of Long Island’s largest law firms, is pleased to announce that Patricia Galteri has been elected as the firm’s next President and Managing Attorney. Effective September 1, 2017, Ms. Galteri will assume the role currently held by Lois Carter Schlissel, who has led the firm and managed its four offices in Garden City, New York City, Albany and Washington D.C., since 2002.
Ms. Galteri, who serves as Chair of the Wills, Trusts & Estates Department, as a member of the Management Committee and as Treasurer, will focus on maintaining the firm’s client-centric approach to the practice of law and keeping the firm’s strategic vision on course. In addition to her new management responsibilities, Ms. Galteri will continue to practice law, proactively working with her clients to customize estate and family business planning solutions, ensuring the tax efficient transfer of wealth to the next generation.
Upon being unanimously elected to the position, Ms. Galteri said, “It is quite an honor to be elected by my colleagues to this leadership role.” She stated, “I will continue the many initiatives Lois and the Management Committee have undertaken and will work diligently with members of the firm as we look towards the future to support our diverse practice areas and foster excellence in our capabilities.”
“Pat is a consummate professional and a wonderful colleague. She is committed to the well-being of our clients and has demonstrated strong leadership within our firm and our community” said Lois Carter Schlissel. Mrs. Schlissel will continue to serve on the firm’s Management Committee and Chair the firm’s Employment Law Department.
In the firm’s 57 years, there have been only five Managing Attorneys. Ms. Galteri will be the firm’s 6th and second consecutive female Managing Attorney. Mrs. Schlissel served as the first female Managing Attorney on Long Island.
Harold Ickes, Chairman and longtime member of the firm said, “I have had the pleasure of working with Pat for many years. She is a talented and highly regarded attorney, and a wonderful colleague and motivating leader.” He continued, “Meyer Suozzi is very fortunate to have her excellent skills to lead the firm in an ever-changing legal profession.”
About Patricia Galteri
Ms. Galteri, a resident of the Town of Smithtown, is a seasoned attorney, having practiced law for more than 30 years. She implements estate plans through the use of wills and grantor trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, generation skipping trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts and other arrangements designed to transfer property at little or reduced gift tax cost to selected beneficiaries. Nomination of agents under Powers of Attorneys and Health Care Proxies also play an important role in effecting her clients’ intentions. In addition, Ms. Galteri supervises the preparation of probate and administration documents, provides advice in the marshaling and preservation of estate assets, and she is knowledgeable in all aspects of estate administration and post-mortem estate tax planning.
Ms. Galteri earned her Bachelor’s degree in business administration at Hofstra University, and received her Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University’s School of Law. Upon graduation, she was presented with a Citation of Excellence in Community Law Service, and in 2017, received the Hofstra Outstanding Women in Law Award, which recognizes women who make meaningful and inspiring contributions to the legal community. For her commitment to superior client service, in 2013, Ms. Galteri was cited for excellence by Five Star Professional for her work with high-net worth clients. Ms. Galteri is also committed to supporting the community, and serves as Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Long Island Community Foundation. She also supports various charities and philanthropic organizations including the National Kidney Foundation, Long Island Cruizin’ for a Cure and Wounded Warriors.
Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Ms. Galteri worked as a staff attorney in the Tax Department at one of the “Big Five” accounting firms in New York City.
About Meyer Suozzi
Founded in 1960, Meyer Suozzi is a client-centric law firm dedicated to excellence. With offices in Albany, Garden City, Manhattan and Washington, D.C., the firm provides legal advice in diverse practice areas including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization Law, Criminal Defense Law, Corporate Finance, Corporate Law, Cybersecurity, Employee Benefits/ERISA Law, Employment Law, Equine & Racing Law, Government Relations, Labor Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Local Government, Land Use Law & Environmental Compliance, Personal Injury Law, Professional Responsibility, Real Estate Law, Tax Certiorari & Condemnation Law and Wills, Trusts and Estates Law. The firm can be found online at www.msek.com.