Bleakley Platt is pleased to announce that Joseph M. Incorvaia and John J. Murphy have recently joined our Firm in the respective positions of Counsel and Associate.
Joe Incorvaia has more than 30 years’ experience in advising clients in the areas of corporate, partnership and individual business tax planning and resolution of controversies involving the calculation of interest on Federal tax obligations. He has been a guest speaker and panelist for the American Petroleum Institute Tax Section, the American Bar Association and the Tax Executives Institute. Joe received his L.L.M. degree in Taxation from the New York University School of Law and his J.D. degree from St. John’s Law School. He currently resides in Riverside, Connecticut.
John Murphy has a broad litigation background with extensive pretrial and appellate experience. His trial background has included both civil and criminal litigation, including legal malpractice, family court and real property matters. Prior to joining the Firm, John worked on complex litigations at several large Manhattan firms, and privately litigating various civil matters from eminent domain to adverse possession. He received his J.D. degree from the Fordham University School of Law, and now resides in New City, New York.Read More
Bleakley Platt is once again proud to sponsor The Yonkers Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast which will be held this year on Tuesday, February 24th. This year’s event will feature a presentation on the recently re-opened Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum after a two-year renovation and restoration project. The interior of the ship has been completely renovated with new exhibits which allow visitors to see never before seen “behind the scenes” areas, like the Foc’sle and crew quarters, allowing a new perspective as to what life was really like aboard the Intrepid.
Built in 1943, the USS Intrepid and her crew have a distinguished history of service including tours of duty in both World War II and Vietnam. The Intrepid also served as NASA’s primary recovery vessel before being retired in 1974. In 1982, the Intrepid Museum was opened to the public and has now received more than 10 million visitors.
The Networking Breakfast will be held at The Royal Regency Hotel located at 165 Tuckahoe Road in Yonkers. Reservations for this event can be made by contacting The Yonkers Chamber of Commerce at (914) 963-0332.Read More
Bleakley Platt is pleased to announce that Judy B. Brownstein and Jason G. Neroulias have recently joined our Trusts & Estates Practice Group in the respective positions of Counsel and Associate.
Ms. Brownstein has extensive experience in drafting of wills, trusts and other estate planning documents and in estate and trust administration and related tax issues. Prior to joining the Firm, she was a partner in a midsize Manhattan law firm and also was Of Counsel for many years to a Westchester law firm. Ms. Brownstein was the author of the 1985-1988 revision and supplement of Klipstein and Brownstein, “Drafting New York Wills,” published by Matthew Bender, Inc., and has lectured on estate planning and estate administration. She received her J.D. degree from Columbia University Law School.
Mr. Neroulias’ experience includes counseling clients on tax and estate planning issues, drafting wills and trusts, representing corporate and individual fiduciaries in trust and estate administration matters, and advising public charities and private foundations with respect to formation, operating procedures and compliance. He received his J.D. degree from New York Law School.Read More
James W. Glatthaar, litigation partner in Bleakley Platt & Schmidt’s White Plains office, will speak on November 12, 2008 at a seminar on “Evictions: Residential and Commercial” sponsored by Lorman Education Services. Mr. Glatthaar will speak on the topics of “The Rental Process,” “The Litigation Process,” “Tenant’s Rights and Defenses,” “Yellowstone Injunctions,” “Building Security Issues,” “Mold, Bedbugs and Other Habitability Issues” and “Tenants’ Behavioral Problems and Options Available to Landlords.” The seminar will cover the process of renting commercial or residential premises, preliminary steps before litigation, how landlord-tenant cases are litigated, defenses available to tenants, ethical issues in evictions and current topics and issues in landlord-tenant law.Read More
Bleakley Platt is pleased to announce that several of its attorneys have been recognized by New York Super Lawyers 2008 as being among the top attorneys in the New York-Metropolitan Area in their respective practice areas. Only 5 percent of the total lawyers in New York are selected for the prestigious Super Lawyers’ recognition.
The Bleakley Platt attorneys named as 2008 New York Super Lawyers are the following in the indicated practice areas: William P. Harrington, Environmental Litigation; Robert D. Meade, Insurance Coverage; and Mary Anne Wirth, Criminal Defense: White Collar. Bill Harrington and Mary Anne Wirth also received the same Super Lawyers’ recognition in 2007.Read More
James W. Glatthaar, litigation partner in Bleakley Platt & Schmidt’s White Plains office, will speak on the topic of “Housing Discrimination” on October 16, 2008 at a seminar on “Discrimination & Fair Housing in Real Estate Management” at the NYARM Real Estate Expo. The seminar will be from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck, New York. For more information, please call (212) 216-0654.Read More
Bleakley Platt is pleased to announce that Daniel W. Morrison, the head of the Firm’s Insurance Practice Group, and a member of our Litigation and Environmental Practice Groups, has been recognized by Super Lawyers 2008 as among the top attorneys in New York State in the area of Civil Litigation Defense. Only the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics, are selected for the prestigious Super Lawyers recognition in their practice area. In 2007, Mr. Morrison was recognized by Super Lawyers as among the top New York attorneys in the area of Environmental Law.Read More
Joseph DeGiuseppe, Jr., the head of the Labor & Employment Practice Group of Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, will speak on September 16, 2008, at the first of a series of lectures sponsored by the Municipal Law Section of the Westchester County Bar Association on various employment and housing discrimination issues involving public officials, municipalities and school districts. Mr. DeGiuseppe will address the issue of the investigation and defense of sexual harassment claims against municipalities and public officials, including the development of effective sexual harassment policies and procedures, the implementation of comprehensive investigation measures, and the use of appropriate disciplinary actions, if necessary.Read More
Peter N. Bassano, the head of the Real Estate and Commercial Finance Practice Groups of Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, was recently involved in “one of the largest and most complex transactions completed in Manhattan this year” concerning the relocation of Newsweek’s corporate headquarters to 395 Hudson Street pursuant to a long-term lease agreement for approximately 163,000 square feet with the New York City District of Carpenters Pension Fund. Mr. Bassano acted on behalf of the Pension Fund. The full details of the transaction are set forth in the linked article from the May 14, 2008 edition of Real Estate Weekly.Read More
John A. Risi, a partner in the Firm’s Litigation, Insurance Law and Product Liability Practice Groups, has been named as one of Westchester County’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” by the Business Council of Westchester. John represents clients in a wide range of general civil litigations, trials and appeals, including land use, contract, corporate and negligence matters, and has represented Fortune 100 companies in the defense of significant products liability actions. Modeled after the national business recognition program “Forty Under Forty,” Rising Stars pays tribute to individuals who are making their mark in their chosen profession at a young age. The Business Council’s Rising Stars award recognizes young leaders in Westchester who surpass expectations, raise the bar and set new standards for success. This year’s winners include individuals from diverse industries, including education, health care, finance, publishing, advertising, information technology, real estate and not for profit. The Business Council of Westchester’s 2008 Rising Stars’ awards will be presented on Thursday, June 19th at MasterCard Worldwide in Purchase.Read More
Bleakley Platt is proud to sponsor the Orange County Chamber of Commerce General Membership Breakfast on June 17, 2008, featuring Keynote Speaker Jonathan Mogelever, Director of Development, Orange County Land Trust. Mr. Mogelever will talk about the Orange County Land Trust’s mission of preserving “the fields, forests, wetlands, ridgelines and river corridors in Orange County,” while still supporting responsible growth in the county. The Orange County Land Trust has been in existence since 1993 and has preserved 3,000 acres of land and water throughout the county through voluntary protection. The Trust is currently in the process of re-evaluating its mission, with a goal of creating a stronger presence for land conservation in Orange County, as well as to enhance public understanding of the Trust, including the fact that it is not anti-growth nor anti-development.
The General Membership Breakfast will be held at Kuhl’s Highland House located at 512 Highland Avenue Extension in Middletown. Reservations for this event can be made by contacting the Orange County Chamber of Commerce at (845) 457-9700.Read More
Matthew G. Parisi, a partner in the Firm’s environmental and general civil litigation departments, was the panel moderator for the inaugural Westchester County Association’s First Time Home Buyers Workshop Series event at Reid Castle at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York on April 29. The panel discussion, entitled ” Mortgages in the New Economic Climate: Can Young Business Professionals Afford to Live in Westchester County,” is sponsored by the County Association’s Young Professionals Advisory Committee. It is the first in a special three part workshop series exploring the affordability of area housing for Westchester County’s young business professionals. The Advisory Committee was established by the Westchester County Association to create a platform for young professionals to develop professionally, build business relationships, and help contribute to the economic vitality of Westchester County businesses and the community. Mr. Parisi, a member of the Advisory Committee, moderated a discussion by two prominent real estate and mortgage professionals from area lending organizations.Read More
William P. Harrington, the Chair of our Litigation Practice Group, will be inducted into the Iona Prep School Hall of Fame on May 8, 2008. The purpose of the Iona Prep Hall of Fame is to formally recognize and publicly honor those who have distinguished themselves in a variety of endeavors, those who have contributed significantly to the growth and spirit of the Prep, and whose lives continue to reflect the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice and the teachings of the Christian Brothers. As a 1975 graduate of Iona Prep, Bill and his family have been dedicated to supporting not-for-profit organizations which promote and protect those less fortunate in our society.
In May 2007 Bill was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his exceptional humanitarian efforts and outstanding contributions to our country by the National Coalition of Ethnic Organizations (NECO). In 2005 Bill and his wife Carolyn were honored by DSFHS with the “Mother Mary Walsh Award” in recognition of their demonstrated belief in the dignity of each person, their dedication to family values and their reaching out to those in need. Bill’s other Leadership Awards include: 2001 Award from Iona Prep for Distinguished Service; 2002 Award from Holy Rosary School; 2002 Award from Food-PATCH for distinguished service to the hungry and homeless; 2003 Award from St. Bartholomew School; and the 2006 Leadership from the Cardinal’s Committee for Inner City Schools. Our Firm warmly congratulates Bill on his upcoming induction into the Iona Prep Hall of Fame.Read More
James W. Glatthaar, litigation partner in Bleakley Platt & Schmidt’s White Plains office, will speak on May 13, 2008 at a seminar on “Affordable Housing” sponsored by Lorman Education Services. Mr. Glatthaar will speak on the topics of “Operation & Management of Affordable Housing,” “Tenant’s Rights” and “Ownership Formats of Affordable Housing.” The seminar will cover the use of accounting tools and tax laws to make housing construction more affordable, problems which can arise with rented affordable housing units, zoning tools to encourage construction of affordable housing and how to target affordable housing units to the housing needs of specific communities.Read More
Bleakley Platt is proud to sponsor The Yonkers Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast on February 26, 2008, featuring Keynote Speaker Patricia A. Tursi, Chief Executive Officer of Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center. Ms. Tursi joined the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center as its first Executive Director in 2001, charged with creating a new independent leadership structure that would support a continuum of care for medically fragile children. She is a licensed nursing home administrator with over 20 years of health care administrative experience.
The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center was established in 1988 by the Sisters of Charity as an affiliate of the New York Foundling to provide specialized residential and rehabilitative services to medically fragile children with complex clinical conditions and disabilities. Over time the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center has evolved into a healthcare system for children independently incorporated with its own distinct mission and leadership offering long-term care, special education and homecare services.
Ms. Tursi will speak at the Networking Breakfast on the “Relocation to Yonkers Project” of the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center. The Networking Breakfast will be held at The Royal Regency Hotel located at 165 Tuckahoe Road in Yonkers. Reservations for this event can be made by contacting The Yonkers Chamber of Commerce at (914) 963-0332.Read More
On January 9, 2008, John Diaconis gave a CLE lecture sponsored by the Municipal Law Section of the Westchester County Bar Association. The subject of the lecture was the operation of Town and Village Justice Courts in our County. The lecture was the third in a series of presentations by lawyers, Town Prosecutors, Town Justices and Assistant District Attorneys. The purpose of the series is to raise awareness and generate discussion on the operation of these important tribunals, which preside over two million cases per year in New York State. In addition to his municipal law and insurance practice, Mr. Diaconis serves as the Town Prosecutor in New Castle. He is Co-Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the Bar Association.Read More
Bleakley Platt is pleased to announce that on January 7, 2008 John S. Diaconis and William M. Murphy will become members of our Firm.
Mr. Diaconis has over 25 years’ experience of counseling in the insurance and reinsurance industry and acting as defense counsel, mediator and arbitrator in the investigation and resolution of fidelity, commercial crime and financial institution bond claims. His experience includes his tenure as Vice President of Hartford Financial Services Group, and as a member of the firms of Peterson & Ross and Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker in New York City. Mr. Diaconis has served as a Councilman for the Town of New Castle for which he is currently the Town Prosecutor. Mr. Diaconis received his J.D. degree from Drake University Law School and his LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law. He is Co-Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the Westchester County Bar Association and resides in Chappaqua, New York .
Mr. Murphy is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Fordham Law School, and is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York. He has an extensive business, commercial and securities litigation background that also includes client counseling on M&A and employment matters, and representation of corporations and individuals in regulatory investigations. Mr. Murphy was a founding member of the litigation boutique, Robinson Murphy & McDonald. Most recently, he was instrumental in establishing an East Coast presence for the San Francisco-based firm, Steefel, Levitt & Weiss. Mr. Murphy’s experience also includes his tenure with Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York City. Mr. Murphy resides with his family in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.Read More
Bleakley Platt is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2008 Nancy J. Rudolph and John A. Risi will become members of our Firm.
Ms. Rudolph will continue to practice in the area of trusts and estates, estate administration, estate tax, and guardianship in the Surrogate’s Court, Supreme Court, and before the United States Tax Court. Prior to joining our Firm in 2001, Ms. Rudolph served in the public sector as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Office of the Special Prosecutor, handling white collar civil litigation (Medicaid Fraud). She was also an Administrative Hearing Officer with the New York State Racing and Wagering Board from 1980 to 1984.
As a member of our Firm’s Litigation, Insurance Law and Product Liability Practice Groups, Mr. Risi represents clients in a wide range of general civil litigations, trials and appeals, including land use, corporate, negligence and contract matters. He is also experienced in State Environmental Quality Review Act and municipal planning issues relevant to landowners and municipalities, including negotiations with, and public hearings before, lead agencies. Prior to joining the Firm in July 2000, Mr. Risi was engaged in the defense of Fortune 100 companies and other corporations against product liability and catastrophic injury claims.Read More
Bleakley Platt is pleased to announce that on January 7, 2008 Joseph N. Madden will become a member of our Firm. Mr. Madden was the First Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of Yonkers. He has extensive experience in municipal law, land use, zoning, planning, SEQRA and litigation. Mr. Madden is a graduate of Colgate University and Villanova Law School and resides in Yonkers.Read More
James W. Glatthaar, litigation partner in Bleakley Platt & Schmidt’s White Plains office, will speak at two upcoming seminars on housing issues sponsored by Lorman Education Services.
On November 27, 2007, Mr. Glatthaar will serve on the faculty for a seminar entitled “Fundamentals of Real Estate Closings.” At the seminar, he will discuss considerations for purchasers and sellers of real property, negotiating the contract of sale and due diligence for purchasers and sellers.
On December 5, 2007, Mr. Glatthaar will serve as Faculty Chairman for a seminar entitled “Governing and Legal Issues of Cooperative Apartments in New York.” Mr. Glatthaar will discuss state law requirements, responsibilities of the board of directors, litigation regarding enforcement of by-laws, leases, rules & regulations. Other attorneys and accountants will also serve on the faculty.
Both seminars will offer practical advice directed at, among others, property managers, real estate agents and brokers, attorneys and accountants.Read More
Bleakley Platt is pleased to announce that several of its attorneys have been recognized by New York Super Lawyers 2007 as among the top attorneys in the New York-Metropolitan Area in their respective areas of concentration. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers with at least 5 years’ experience from more than 60 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers are selected based on a multi-step process including, a region-wide survey, internal searches, an initial evaluation of candidates, peer evaluations by practice area and a final selection.
The Bleakley Platt attorneys named as 2007 New York Super Lawyers are the following in the indicated practice areas: William P. Harrington, Environmental Litigation; Daniel W. Morrison, Environmental Law; and Mary Anne Wirth, Criminal Defense: White Collar.Read More
Bleakley Platt is pleased to announce that Sally A. Fitzsimmons has recently joined our Firm as Counsel and has become a member of our Commercial Finance and Real Estate Practice Groups. Ms. Fitzsimmons has a broad range of experience in real estate law and commercial finance including, commercial leasing, acquisitions and sales and secured financing. Her extensive experience greatly enhances our Firm’s capabilities in these important practice areas. Ms. Fitzsimmons currently resides in Bronxville where she had maintained a general real estate practice for more than 10 years.Read More