Position: Of Counsel


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Richard Eisenberg

Since January 2008, Richard Eisenberg has been Of Counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y., practicing in the Corporate law, Corporate Finance, Real Estate and Litigation and Dispute Resolution practices. Mr. Eisenberg has a broad range of litigation experience in areas including contracts, securities fraud, RICO, anti-trust, land title matters, patent infringement, insurance coverage disputes, construction claims, corporate valuations and criminal matters.  He has conducted jury and non-jury trials to verdict, as well as arbitrations and mediations, in the State and Federal courts throughout the New York metropolitan area. His appellate practice includes appearances before the Appellate Division, Second Department, the New York State Court of Appeals, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  In his transactional work, Mr. Eisenberg has counseled clients in corporate reorganizations, internal investigations, bankruptcy, real estate financing, contracts, deferred compensation programs, intellectual property matters, mergers and acquisitions, tax matters, environmental compliance and the selection and supervision of outside counsel and accountants.

 



Mr. Eisenberg began his career as a Kings County Assistant District Attorney, where he prosecuted felony cases including homicides and public corruption matters. During part of his tenure as an Assistant DA, he was assigned to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York from 1977 to 1978.

Stephen P. Scaring

Stephen P. Scaring is a Criminal Defense attorney who is Of Counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. in Garden City, Long Island, New York.  Mr. Scaring concentrates his practice in criminal law and white collar criminal matters. He was an Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Homicide Bureau in Nassau County from 1969 to 1977, and also served as a Special Prosecutor in Suffolk County prior to entering private practice in 1977.

Mr. Scaring has been recognized by New York Super Lawyers Magazine, New York Metro edition for the past five years and was selected in 2008 by the New York State Bar Association for the Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award for Outstanding Defense Practitioner.  He is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence.

Mr. Scaring has served as an Associate Professor of Law and Psychiatry at C. W. Post College.

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.

Lynn M. Brown

Lynn M. Brown is Of Counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., and is a part of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Education Law practice groups located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. She began her career at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. as an associate in 2000, and was promoted to Of Counsel in 2003. Ms. Brown has been involved in all aspects of state and federal litigation, with particular emphasis on complex commercial disputes, including contract disputes, partnership disputes, corporate break-ups, antitrust, fraud actions, construction law matters, defamation cases, landlord-tenant disputes, professional liability and malpractice claims, matters concerning the enforceability of restrictive covenants, and wrongful termination, unfair competition and other business torts. She has handled traditional litigation matters as well as arbitrations and mediations, and has argued on the trial and appellate levels. She has represented a major tobacco company, publicly-traded and multi-million dollar corporations, as well as numerous closely-held corporations and business professionals.

Ms. Brown is a founding member of the firm’s Education Law practice, an outgrowth of her own experiences as the parent of a special-needs child. She routinely appears before the Committees on Special Education of numerous Long Island school districts, and in connection with impartial (due process) hearings, securing timely educational evaluations, services and accommodations for learning-disabled children under federal and state law. Ms. Brown also appears on behalf of students in connection with disciplinary matters, including long and short-term suspensions. Ms. Brown frequently gives presentations to parent and professional groups, including PTAs, regarding the rights of children with disabilities.

In 2019, Ms. Brown was recognized as one of the Long Island Herald’s Top Lawyers of Long Island.



Ms. Brown was trained at what is now Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP , where she was both a summer associate and litigation associate. She also served as litigation associate at Webster & Sheffield from 1985 to 1991. Ms. Brown then practiced at a litigation boutique firm, where a significant amount of her time was spent on employment law matters and litigating on behalf of several major hospital clients.

Donnalynn Darling

Donnalynn Darling is Of Counsel of the Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice groups at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. located in Garden City, N.Y. Ms. Darling’s practice focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury trial work, as well as trials of catastrophic tort and wrongful death cases. She routinely represents clients who have been seriously injured or killed in car, truck, train, plane, bus and bicycle accidents, injuries resulting from premises liability, assault and battery, rape and other intentional acts. Ms. Darling also represents workers who are injured as a result of New York State Labor Law violations in construction accidents involving falls from scaffolds, ladders and crane collapses.

 



 

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Ms. Darling is also Of Counsel of the Education Law practice, a service created in response to increasing requests by parents of learning disabled children for assistance in securing timely educational evaluations, services and accommodations for their children in public and private school settings under federal and state law.

The hallmark of Ms. Darling’s practice is her care and attention to the seriously injured clients she assists. Ms. Darling’s professional life has been driven by her advocacy for those who cannot defend themselves. In 1978, she began her career as an Assistant District Attorney under Bronx D.A. Mario Merola. She prosecuted sex crimes involving children. In many instances, these victims were unable to verbally communicate their abuse, be it for reasons of trauma, infancy or difficulty with language. Under Ms. Darling’s leadership, the Bronx D.A.’s office pioneered the use of anatomically-correct cloth dolls of all races, ages and genders. The use of these dolls enabled the victims to act out the offenses perpetrated upon them in front of the Grand Jury, when they lacked the verbal skills to do so, in order that indictments could be obtained. This trail-blazing method of testimony was upheld by the courts and is widely used today. Ms. Darling worked personally with these young victims whose trust in her was bolstered by her youth and compassion. Their devastating tales of abuse remain with her today as she advocates for children in the special education and personal injury arenas. For more information about her experience representing children in personal injury matters, please visit www.LongIslandChildInjuryLawyer.com.

She is a frequent lecturer on trial evidence, special education law and related topics.

Ms. Darling is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence, and has been honored for outstanding service and dedication in providing legal representation as well as advice on a pro bono basis. In April 2016, she received the first Judith Bloch Award from Variety Child Learning Center for her vision in creating the Education Law Group at Meyer Suozzi and her legal work in requiring school districts to provide learning disabled children with appropriate educational supports. Ms. Darling has been named to the New York Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in New York from 2014-2019. In 2013 she was named an Access to Justice Champion by the Nassau County Bar Association and a 2013 Woman of Distinction by New York State Assemblyman Edward P. Ra. In 2011 and 2010, Ms. Darling was recognized by Long Island Pulse Magazine as one of the region’s “Top Legal Eagles”. In 2011, as well as 2009 and 2005, she was honored as one of “Long Island’s Top 50 Professional Women” by Long Island Business News and has been honored as a member of the “Top 50 Women Hall of Fame.” In April 2008, Ms. Darling was recognized for her commitment to providing pro bono law services at Touro law Center’s Goods and Services Auction. Additionally, in April 2005, Ms. Darling received a “Voice For All Children Award” from the Coalition Against Child Abuse & Neglect. Ms. Darling has been recognized by Mercy Haven for her pro bono work in upholding the rights of the mentally ill.