Leadership in Law

Recent Leadership in Law

Joshua Brookstein received a 40 under 40 Award at a dinner sponsored by Long Island Business News. This award acknowledged Josh's continued distinction in business, government, education and the not-for-profit sector.

Joshua Brookstein


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Elaine Colavito Receives Top 50 Women in Business Award from LIBN

LIBN Publisher Joe Giametta and Firm Partner Elaine Colavito.
LIBN Publisher Joe Giametta and Firm Partner Elaine Colavito.

Elaine Colavito, a Partner with the Firm, was honored by Long Island Business News as one of the Top 50 Women in Business at a special ceremony that was held on October 18 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. This is the second year in a row that Ms. Colavito has received this award.

Firm Partner Elaine Colavito (second from right) is joined by (left to right) Firm Partner Robert Abiuso, Firm Associate Joshua D. Brookstein, and Firm Partner Ralph Branciforte.
Firm Partner Elaine Colavito (second from right) is joined by (left to right) Firm Partner Robert Abiuso, Firm Associate Joshua D. Brookstein, and Firm Partner Ralph Branciforte.

The Top 50 Women in Business program has recognized Long Island's top women professionals for business acumen, mentoring and community involvement. The event honors the most influential women in business, government and the not-for-profit field.


Joshua-Brookstein Joshua D. Brookstein to Receive Leadership in Law Award

Joshua D. Brookstein, an Associate with the Firm, will receive the Leadership in Law Award from Long Island Business News in a special ceremony that will take place on Thursday, November 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

The Leadership in Law award recognizes attorneys who exemplify the following traits — experience, dedication, hard work, skill, tenacity, compassion and excellence — and is dedicated to those individuals whose leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, has had a positive impact on Long Island. Recipients of this award demonstrate outstanding achievements, involvement in their profession, support of the community and mentoring.

Click here to read Mr. Brookstein’s biography.


Elaine M. Colavito Elaine Colavito to Receive LIBN's Top 50 Women in Business Award

Elaine Colavito, a Partner with the Firm, will receive the Top 50 Women in Business Award from Long Island Business News at a special ceremony that will take place on October 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. This is the second year in a row that she has received this honor.

The Top 50 Women in Business program recognizes Long Island's top women professionals for business acumen, mentoring and community involvement. The event honors the most influential women in business, government and the not-for-profit field.

To view Ms. Colavito's biography, click here.


Nassau County Bar Association to Recognize Hon. Edward G. McCabe

The Honorable Edward McCabe, Senior Counsel with the Firm, will be honored by the Nassau County Bar Association at the group's 119th Annual Dinner Dance on May 12 at the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale. Judge McCabe will be recognized for his 60 years as a practitioner of law. Prior to joining the Firm, he served as a Nassau County Administrative Law Judge and a New York State Supreme Court Justice.




Joshua D. Brookstein Receives Touro Law's Public Interest/Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year Award and is Appointed NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Liaison to the Local and State Government Law Section

Joshua D. Brookstein Receives Touro Law's Public Interest/Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year Award
Firm Associate Joshua D. Brookstein and Touro Law Center Dean Harry Ballan.

Joshua D. Brookstein, an Associate with the Firm, was honored by Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center with the Public Interest/Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year Award at a ceremony that took place on March 26 as part of the law school’s Goods and Services Auction. Mr. Brookstein was recognized for his work as a coach and mentor of The Crescent School mock trial team. Last year, the team finished as one of the top 10 teams in Nassau County.

He also serves as a mentor to area students in order to become a positive presence in their lives. Last year, he mentored at Woodland Middle School and, this year, lent his time and talents to Barack Obama Elementary School.

The Public Interest/Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award is given to an attorney who devotes their time to those in need through their pro-bono efforts.

The Firm was also a sponsor of the Goods and Services Auction, an annual fundraiser to benefit the Public Interest Law Fellowship Program, which was established in the mid-1990s by Touro Law Center to encourage and facilitate the placement of students in public interest legal work.

Mr. Brookstein was also recently appointed as the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Young Lawyers Section Liaison to the NYSBA Local and State Government Law Section.


Kyle Lawrence Named As LIBN’s “Ones To Watch” In Law

Kyle Lawrence was named as one of the "Ones to Watch" in Law by Long Island Business News for joining the Firm as Counsel. "Ones to Watch" is featured each week in LIBN, highlighting six people who stand out in their respective fields.

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Elaine Colavito to be Named One of Hofstra’s Outstanding Women in Law

Elaine Colavito, a Partner with the Firm, will be honored by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University as one of its Outstanding Women in Law. A special ceremony will take place on April 24 at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho, starting at 6 p.m.

Outstanding Women in Law celebrates women who have made a meaningful and inspiring contribution to the legal community.

Click here to read Ms. Colavito’s biography.


Jon A. Ward and Elaine M. Colavito Receive LIBN'S Leadership In Law Awards

Jon A. Ward a Partner with the Firm received the Leadership in Law award from Long Island Business News at a special awards ceremony on November 16 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

Jon A. Ward (click for bio), a Partner with the Firm, and Firm Associate Elaine M. Colavito (click for bio) received the Leadership in Law award from Long Island Business News at a special awards ceremony on November 16 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Mr. Ward was honored in the category of Partner and Ms. Colavito in the category of Associate.

The Leadership in Law award recognizes all of the following qualities — dedication, hard work, skill, tenacity and excellence — and is dedicated to those individuals whose leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, has had a positive impact on Long Island.

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Adam Koblenz Named as LIBN’s “Ones to Watch” in Real Estate, Architecture, Engineering and Construction

Adam Koblenz, a Partner with the Firm, was named as one of the “Ones to Watch” in Real Estate, Architceture, Engineering and Construction by Long Island Business News. “Ones to Watch” is featured each week in LIBN, highlighting six people who stand out in their respective fields.

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Elaine M. Colavito Named One of the “Top 50 Women in Business” from Long Island Business News

Elaine M. Colavito, an Associate with the Firm, was recognized as one of the “Top 50 Women in Business” by Long Island Business News at a special awards ceremony on October 19 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

Launched in 2000, the Top 50 Women in Business program has recognized Long Island’s top women professionals for business acumen, mentoring and community involvement.

To read Ms. Colavito’s biography, click here.


LIBN Publisher Scott Schoen and Elaine Colavito


Elaine Colavito being joined by Sahn Ward attorneys and staff at LIBN’s Top 50 Women awards.



Miriam Villani Named as LIBN’s “Ones to Watch” in Law

Miriam Villani, a Partner with the Firm, was named as one of the "Ones to Watch" in Law by Long Island Business News. "Ones to Watch" is featured each week in LIBN, highlighting six people who stand out in their respective fields.

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Jon A. Ward and Elaine M. Colavito to Receive LIBN’s Leadership in Law Awards

Jon A. Ward, a Partner with the Firm, and Firm Associate Elaine M. Colavito will receive the Leadership in Law award from Long Island Business News at a special awards ceremony on November 16 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Mr. Ward will be honored in the category of Partner and Ms. Colavito in the category of Associate.

The Leadership in Law award recognizes all of the following qualities — dedication, hard work, skill, tenacity and excellence — and is dedicated to those individuals whose leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, has had a positive impact on Long Island.

To view Mr. Ward’s biography, click here.

To view Ms. Colavito’s biography, click here.


Elaine M. Colavito To Be Named One of the "Top 50 Women in Business" from Long Island Business News

Elaine M. Colavito, an Associate with the Firm, will be recognized as one of the "Top 50 Women in Business" by Long Island Business News at a special awards ceremony on October 19 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

Launched in 2000, the Top 50 Women in Business program has recognized Long Island's top women professionals for business acumen, mentoring and community involvement

To read Ms. Colavito's biography, click here.


Elaine Colavito Named as LIBN’s “Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services”

Elaine Colavito, an Associate with the Firm, was featured in Long Island Business News’ “Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services.” Her profile focused on her work with the Firm, as well as her role as President-elect of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association.

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Nicholas Cappadora Named as One of LIBN’s “Ones to Watch”

Nicholas Cappadora, an Associate with the Firm, was named one of the “Ones to Watch” in Law by Long Island Business News. “Ones to Watch” is featured each week in LIBN, highlighting six people who stand out in their respective fields.

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Elaine Colavito Sworn in as President-Elect of Nassau County Women’s Bar Association

Elaine Colavito, an Associate with the Firm, was sworn in as President-Elect of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association (NCWBA) at the group’s Installation Dinner on June 15, 2017. The term is for one year. She previously served as NCWBA’s Vice President for two years, and treasurer for two years.


Elaine Colavito (seventh from left), an Associate with the Firm, is sworn in as President-Elect of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association during the organization’s Installation Dinner.

The mission of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association is to promote the advancement of the status of women in society and the legal profession; to promote the fair and equal administration of justice; and to act as a unified voice for its members with respect to issues of statewide, national and international significance to all women, and to female attorneys in particular.

Ms. Colavito concentrates her practice in the areas of matrimonial and family law, civil litigation and immigration matters. In 2013, she received the NCWBA’s Bessie Ray Geffner, Esq. Memorial Award for her demonstrated interest in improving the justice system, professionalism of the Bar and service to the community at large. She was recognized as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the area of Family Law from 2014 to 2016 and was among the Super Lawyers’ “Top Women Lawyers in New York” in 2015 and 2016. This year, she was recognized as a Trailblazer in Divorce by the New York Law Journal. In addition, she writes the monthly “Bench Briefs” column for Suffolk Lawyer.

She graduated magna cum laude from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and summa cum laude from State University of New York at Stony Brook.


John Farrell Named One of Long Island Business News’ “Ones to Watch”

John Farrell, a Partner with the Firm, was named one of the “Ones to Watch” in Real Estate/Architecture/Engineering/Construction by Long Island Business News. “Ones to Watch” is featured each week in LIBN, highlighting six people who stand out in their respective fields.

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Sahn Ward Receives Long Island Business News' Corporate Citizenship Award

The Firm received the Long Island Business News Corporate Citizenship Award at a special ceremony held on June 6 at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. The Firm was honored in the category of Leadership Excellence for outstanding contributions and leadership in the community.

The Corporate Citizenship Awards recognize companies and individuals who believe that, by being a good corporate citizen, we contribute to the economic and social well-being of our employees, businesses and the community. Honorees consistently prove that true community stewardship evolves through building strong partnerships with nonprofit organizations and others that strive to meet the critical needs of our community.

Watch a video of the event here.


The New York Bar Foundation Appoints John P. Christopher as Fellow

John P. Christopher, a Partner with the Firm, has been appointed as a Fellow of The New York Bar Foundation. Fellows are nominated by their peers to the Foundation based on their outstanding achievement and dedication to the legal profession.

The Fellows are a distinguished group of legal professionals, with only 1% of New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) membership invited to share in this honor. All fellows must be members of the NYSBA and admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Mr. Christopher concentrates his practice in the areas of zoning and land use, real estate transactions and leasing, landlord/tenant disputes and municipal law. He is an active member of the Young Lawyers Section of the NYSBA, currently holding the position of Chair-elect and previously holding the positions of Treasurer and Secretary. In addition, he serves as a Section Delegate to the NYSBA House of Delegates and Liaison to the Real Property Law Section.

Established in 1950, The New York Bar Foundation is a nonprofit philanthropic organization that receives charitable contributions from individuals, law firms, corporations or other entities and provides grants to further its goals of promoting and advancing service to the public, improvements in the administration of justice, legal research and education, high standards of professional ethics and public understanding of legal heritage. The Foundation makes grants to financially support law-related programs of legal services organizations, nonprofits, bar associations and other organizations throughout New York State.

“It is truly an honor to be selected to join this elite group,” Mr. Christopher said. “I am also pleased to be recognized by my colleagues who recommended me to this prestigious position.”


Wayne G. Edwards and Christian Browne Receive LIBN's "Leadership in Law" Award

Wayne G. Edwards and Christian Browne, Partners with the Firm, received Long Island Business News’ Leadership in Law award at a special ceremony that was held on November 17 at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

Mr. Edwards concentrates his practice in the areas of zoning and land use planning, real estate law and transactions, including acquisitions, sales, leasing and financing and related corporate transactions. He represents many of the region's most prominent real estate owners and developers in both acquiring property for development and in obtaining the municipal approvals necessary to help their projects move forward.

He regularly lectures on issues related to commercial real estate transactions, zoning and land use.

In 2013, 2015 and 2016, Mr. Edwards was named to the list of New York Metro Super Lawyers in the area of Land Use/Zoning.

He is admitted to practice in the State of New York and before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. He is a member of the Nassau County and the New York State Bar Associations.

Mr. Browne concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, zoning and land use planning and municipal law. He appears before all jurisdictions from Long Island to Westchester. He also assists with the Firm's New York City zoning practice and handles applications for homeowners, local businesses, major developers and large corporations.

Mr. Browne is the deputy village attorney for the Village of Island Park and has served as special counsel to the Village of Freeport. He was also a member of the Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals.

In 2015, Mr. Browne was selected by Super Lawyers as one of New York Metro’s "Rising Stars." He was recognized in the practice area of Civil Litigation, Plaintiff.

He graduated with honors from the College of Holy Cross in 1998 and received his law degree from Fordham University in 2004. He is admitted to practice in New York State and before the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

He is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and an active member of St. Agnes Cathedral Parish, where he served on a fundraising committee to help raise money to pay for the church’s renovations. He is also a contributing writer for Crisis Magazine, which covers religious matters.

The Leadership in Law Award recognizes those attorneys who carry the following qualities in their profession: dedication, hard work, tenacity and excellence. The award is dedicated to those individuals whose leadership — both in the legal profession and in the community — has had a positive impact on Long Island.


Firm Partner Christian Browne (left) and Long Island Business News Publisher Scott Schoen (right).


Miriam Villani Named as LIBN’s “Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services”

Miriam Villani, a Partner with the Firm, was featured in Long Island Business News’ “Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services.” Her profile focused on her work with the firm, as well as being editor-in-chief of The New York Environmental Lawyer and as an author of numerous articles for many legal publications, including West’s New York Practice Series.

 

Click here to view the article.

 


Elaine Colavito Named as LIBN’s “Ones to Watch” in Law

Elaine Colavito, an Associate with the Firm, was named as one of the “Ones to Watch” in Law by Long Island Business News. “Ones to Watch” is featured each week in LIBN, highlighting six people who stand out in their respective fields.

Click here to read the article.

 


Adam H. Koblenz Named as One of Long Island Business News’ Top Millennials

Adam H. Koblenz will receive the Long Island Business News Millennial Award during a special ceremony on September 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

The Millennial Awards celebrates those between the ages of 19 and 35 and honors the bright, dynamic young professionals who are part of the millennial generation, who contribute to the Long Island community and who have made significant strides in business at a young age.

In 2014, Mr. Koblenz became partner at the Firm. Along with Partner Daniel H. Braff, Mr. Koblenz continues to grow his practice and the Firm’s New York City practice.

To learn more about Mr. Koblenz, please see his Attorney Profile.


Sahn Ward Attorneys Robert Abiuso and Ralph Branciforte Recognized for Public Interest Service by Touro Law Center

Robert Abiuso, Counsel with the Firm, and Ralph Branciforte, an Associate with the Firm, were selected as Touro Law Center’s 2016 Public Interest Attorneys of the Year. Mr. Abiuso and Mr. Branciforte were recognized with the other honorees at a special awards ceremony held during the law school’s 22nd Annual Goods and Services Auction on March 16. The Public Interest Attorney of the Year program recognizes attorneys for their commitment and dedication to performing pro bono work for the good of the public.



Robert Abiuso (left) accepts his Public Interest Attorney of the Year
award from Patricia Salkin (right), dean of Touro Law Center.


Mr. Abiuso has been providing pro bono legal services through Catholic Charities, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion, as well as other civic and charitable organizations. Using his background in real estate law and transactions, he assists family members and friends who are “underwater” on their mortgages. In addition, he provided legal counsel to help restore the Vietnam Memorial Monument in Queens.



Ralph Branciforte (left) accepts his Public Interest Attorney of the Year
award from Patricia Salkin (right), dean of Touro Law Center.


Mr. Branciforte served in a pro bono capacity as an Assistant District Attorney for the Nassau County District Attorney and successfully argued an appeal in People v. Valery before the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department. The defendant, who was caught by two police officers burglarizing a Nassau County residence, appealed his convictions for burglary in the first degree, attempted robbery in the second and third degree, resisting arrest, and assault in the second degree. The Second Department affirmed all convictions, except for the lesser included offense of attempted robbery in the third degree.

This case was the second matter that Mr. Branciforte handled in a pro bono capacity for the District Attorney’s Office. He previously participated in the program in 2014.



Robert Abiuso (left) and Ralph Branciforte (right) display their Public Interest Attorney of the Year
awards during Touro Law Center’s 22nd Annual Goods and Services Auction on March 16.



Adam H. Koblenz Named as LIBN’s “Ones to Watch” in Law/Technology

Adam H. Koblenz, a Partner with the firm, was named as one of the “Ones to Watch” in Law/Technology by Long Island Business News. “Ones to Watch” is featured each week in LIBN, highlighting six people who stand out in their respective fields.

Click here to read the article.

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