Frank W. Streng, who chairs our Surrogate’s Court Litigation group, wa a state-wide moderator of a program entitled "Probate and Administration of Estates" for the Trusts & Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. The program was offered in seven locations: (Albany [12/3/12], Buffalo [12/11/12], Manhattan [12/10/12], Long Island [12/4/12], Rochester [12/5/12], Syracuse [12/10/12] and Westchester [12/10/12]).
Lisa Newfield, who chairs our Charitable Gift Planning and Exempt Organizations groups and co-chairs our Trusts & Estates group, was the moderator on December 10, 2012 for an all-day program in Manhattan entitled "Probate and Administration of Estates" sponsored by the Trusts & Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Lisa also spoke on Estate Tax & Fiduciary & Individual Income Tax Issues at the program.
Katherine Sohr Jedlicka, who is a member of our Trusts & Estates and Surrogate’s Court Litigation groups, lectured on December 10, 2012 on “Preparing for Estate Administration” for an all-day program in Manhattan entitled "Probate and Administration of Estates" sponsored by the Trusts & Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.
Abby P. Rosmarin, a Mediator in our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group, lectured in Manhattan on December 7, 2012 on "How Mediation and Collaborative Divorce Address Money Issues" for the New York Financial Psychology Group.
Joseph J. Brophy, who chairs our Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury and Legal Malpractice groups, was part of a panel discussion on Ethical Issues for Lawyers on November 27, 2012 in Central Valley, NY for a CLE program sponsored by the Orange County Bar Association. The panel also included Supreme Court Justice Lewis J. Lubell. Click at Outline for Joe's written presentation.
Joel Martin Aurnou, a member of our Appellate Practice group, lectured on November 27, 2012 on "How to Avoid the Pitfalls & Achieve Perfection in Your Appellate Practice" for the Appellate Practice section of the Westchester County Bar Association.
Lisa Newfield, who chairs our Charitable Gift Planning and Exempt Organizations groups and co-chairs our Trusts & Estates group, spoke at Blythedale Children’s Hospital on November 15, 2012 on "Charitable Gift Planning: How Leaving a Legacy Benefits You, Your Family & Blythedale."
Milena S. Mishev, who leads our trademark practice in our Intellectual Property group, spoke to the Bulgarian Women’s Club at the Bulgarian Consulate General in Manhattan on “What’s in a name...” As part of her presentation, Milena discussed different issues, including why it is so important to do whatever it takes to protect your brand name. Click at Outline to see Milena's written presentation.
Robert J Kiggins, a member of our Corporate and Taxation groups, spoke in London, England on November 8, 2012 on Tax Planning for Foreign Investors in US Real Estate. Bob presented his speech at The Third Annual ITSAPT (International Tax Systems and Planning) Conference sponsored by the International Fiscal Services Group of London, England, and was held at the historic Landmark Hotel, in Marylebone, London. The format for the program was a case study based on a hypothetical involving commercial investment in the US by a foreign investment group. Attendance at the conference was global and included individuals from countries in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia. Click at Powerpoint to see Bob's presentation.
On November 8, 2012 Kathleen Donelli was scheduled to present a live broadcast (from 1 to 2 p.m.) to satellite viewing sites for judges and court attorneys throughout New York State on "Maintenance and No Fault Issues In Matrimonial Actions" with the Hon. Richard Dollinger, ASCJ. This lunch and learn program will be kept on the NYS Court Intranet website that hosts the New York State Judicial Institute’s continuing legal education programs for judges and court attorneys throughout New York State. However, Storm Sandy resulted in the temporary loss of technological resources for the courts, and the need to reschedule the program. Stay tuned to our web site for the new date for the program.
We are pleased to announce that David A. Menken, a member of our Intellectual Property and Corporate & General Business groups, was elected Justice for the Town of Bedford. David begins his term as Justice on January 1, 2013.
Frank W. Streng, who chairs our Surrogate’s Court Litigation group, continues to be in the news on his Nissan Leaf electric car. Previously, Frank was interviewed by News 12 Westchester as the first owner of the Nissan Leaf in Westchester. This time, Frank was interviewed by the New York Times on how he faired with his Leaf during Sandy, when he had no power at his home to charge his car. As the Time reports: “With no power (or generator) at home, Mr. Streng has been using a public charger at the White Plains train station, a couple of blocks from his office. 'I’m now using that as a primary energy source,' Mr. Streng said. 'It’s my third day in a row doing it. It’s worked out fine.'”
Robert M. Redis, a member of our Appellate Practice, Business Litigation and Surrogate’s Court Litigation groups, is a contributor to the Commercial Division Law Report. The Commercial Law Report, which is a publication of the Commercial Division, is a summary of the leading decisions issued by the Justices of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Click at report to see the July Report of the Commercial Division.
Lisa Newfield, who chairs our Charitable Gift Planning and Exempt Organizations groups and co-chairs our Trusts & Estates group, was part of a panel discussion on Charitable Lead Trusts on October 17, 2012 for the Planned Giving Group of Greater New York in New York City.
Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Collaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, lectured on October 15, 2012 for the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association on "Marital Agreements and the Child Support Standards Act."
Five of our lawyers have been selected Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area. Howell Bramson has been selected in the fields of Estate Planning/Tax and Corporate Business. Joseph Brophy has again been selected in the fields of Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice, General, Estate & Trust Litigation. Kathleen Donelli has again been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Dolores Gebhardt has been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Judge Sondra Miller has been selected in the fields of Appellate/Family Law. Joe Brophy has also been selected as one of Westchester's top 25 lawyers. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have been recognized by their colleagues as having the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Milena S. Mishev, who leads our trademark practice in our Intellectual Property group, authored an article for AmCham Magazine. In the article, Milena discusses the intellectual property rights in the United States under the Paris Convention. The Paris Convention is expansive, including addressing the protection of patents, trademarks, designs and trade names, as well as the protection of state emblems of other countries, armorial bearings, flags and other emblems that are the subject of international treaties.
Milena S. Mishev, who leads the firm's trademark practice in our Intellectual Property group, authored an article for the International Trademark Association. In the article, Milena offered commentary and analysis of a recent decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) in which the TTAB limited testimony of a witness simply because the party opposing the trademark application failed to timely
identify its witness.
Frank W. Streng, who chairs our Surrogate’s Court Litigation group, co-hosted a radio show on September 7th, from 1 - 2 pm, with Shari Gordon, on WVOX AM Radio (1460) (New Rochelle, NY), called "First Friday". The topic of the program was the 2012 Presidential Election.
As part of the recent expansion of our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group, we have put a video on our web site. In the video, viewers can get to know better the members of our Mediation & Arbitration team: Hon. Sondra M. Miller, who leads the group, Adam J. Krim, Kristen Mackay Pennessi and Abby P. Rosmarin. The video is set forth below.
Hon. Sondra M. Miller, who leads our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group and Appellate Practice group, and Co-Chairs the New York State Family Violence Task Force, co-chaired a judicial seminar entitled: “’Friend’ or Foe: Social Media and the New Cyber-Landscape of Criminal and Family Law.” The seminar was part of a summer series of web casts offered by the New York State Judicial Institute for judges and non-judicial staff. The program was presented live at the Judicial Institute in White Plains, at group-viewing sites in each of the New York City counties, and on-line.
We are pleased to announce that Abby P. Rosmarin (JD, MS Ed) and Adam J. Krim (JD, ACC, ELI-MP) have joined our firm as Mediation Counsel and have expanded our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group. Abby combines her dual background in law and mental health to mediate a breadth of disputes. As mental health professional, she is experienced in helping clients overcome the barriers to resolving emotionally charged conflicts. With experience as a commercial litigator and having served as in house attorney at a multinational corporation, Abby is skilled at finding creative solutions to the competing demands of business pressures and legal realities. Adam bolsters his mediation skills with his experience as a negotiator in both the private and public sectors and as a certified professional life coach. He employs a broad based perspective in synthesizing his clients' diverse viewpoints of their conflict. Adam is an active listener who gleans his clients' true intentions from their communications and helps them find common ground on which to base their mutually beneficial agreements. "We are pleased and honored to add Abby and Adam to our firm’s Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group,” said Frank W. Streng, a co-administrative partner of McCarthy Fingar. “Their unique backgrounds and varied expertise makes them an asset to our firm and to our clients who seek to resolve conflict in a manner that allows for client control, enhanced communication, and creative problem solving.” Click to see Press Release and our brochure to find out more about newly expanded Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group.
Joseph J. Brophy, who chairs our Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury and Legal Malpractice groups, is a proud contributor of Avvo, a web site that permits members of the internet community to have a source of legal advice. Avvo has awarded Joe a rating of "Superb"' and a "10".
Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Collaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, lectured on July 17, 2012 on "Basic Matrimonial Law" at the 2012 Summer Justice Academy for Young Women. The Summer Justice Academy is a unique, one-week, intensive immersion program introducing 40 minority and disadvantaged female high school students to different legal disciplines. Its mission is to inspire and empower these young women to pursue education leading to careers in law. The program was sponsored by the New York Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges and Pace Law School. Click at Summer Academy to see Dolores' seminar outline.
Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of the firm's Collaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, lectured at Pace University School of Law in White Plains on June 21, 2012, on the "ABC’s of Matrimonial Law", in a program co-sponsored by Pace, Westchester Women's Bar Association, Pace Women’s Justice Center and the Ninth Judicial District Committee to Promote Gender Fairness in the Courts. This program provided an overview of how to draft a matrimonial action, including such topics as what ground to use, the need for determining child custody, visitation and support, the ability to request maintenance (temporary and permanent) and legal fees from the adversary spouse, and the way to calculate equitable distribution. Click at ABC's to see Dolores' seminar outline.
Frank W. Streng, who chairs our Surrogate’s Court Litigation group, was the moderator of a CLE program in White Plains, New York on June 18, 2012 for the Westchester County Bar Association (Trusts & Estates Section), entitled, "Power of Attorney: Practice and Litigation in Guardianship Court". In addition to participating in a panel discussion on litigation issues and strategies, Frank conducted a mock interview of a client with legal exposure on actions taken as an agent under power of attorney forms.
Frank W. Streng was a state-wide moderator of a program entitled "Representing the Political Candidate in New York: Follow the Money . . ." for the New York State Bar Association. The program was offered in six locations (Albany [6/19/12], Buffalo [6/19/12], Manhattan [6/21/12], Long Island [6/15/12], Syracuse [6/15/12] and Westchester [6/28/12]). Frank has now served as a state-wide moderator of the only three NYSBA programs ever offered on election law.
Robert J Kiggins, a member of our Corporate and Taxation groups, was admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut and joins our team of attorneys serving our Connecticut clients. Bob's clients includes financial services firms and individuals based in Connecticut. Bob's corporate and business law expertise includes his work for clients on both hedge funds and securities law.
Frank W. Streng, who heads our Surrogate's Court Litigation group, was the chair and moderator of a program entitled "Power of Attorney: Practice and Litigation under the New Law" for the Trusts & Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. The program, which was offered as a "web cast", took place in Manhattan on June 12, 2012.
David A. Menken, a member of our Intellectual Property and Corporate & General Business groups, spoke on Legal Issues Concerning the Use of Social Media at the Westfair Business Roundtable on May 31, 2012 in Riverside, Connecticut. Westfair is the publisher of the Westchester County and Fairfield County Business Journals, HV Biz and Wag Magazine.
We are pleased to announce that Milena S. Mishev has joined the firm as a partner and is a member of our Intellectual Property group, which is chaired by Peter D. Aufrichtig. Milena brings to McCarthy Fingar a decade of experience in trademark and unfair competition law, as well as copyright law. As a member of our Intellectual Property group, which also includes Peter D. Aufrichtig and David A. Menken, Milena will serve clients in a number of capacities, including business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, trade secret protection, and various other intellectual property and information technology matters. Many of Milena’s clients are based outside the United States, particularly in Europe. Milena is also qualified as a European attorney, accredited to the practice of law in Bulgaria. "We are pleased and honored to add Milena to our firm’s roster of highly skilled and talented lawyers," said Frank W. Streng, a Co-Administrative Partner of the firm. "Milena’s distinguished background in intellectual property law will make her an asset to our firm and our clients." Prior to joining us, Milena was a partner at the New Jersey firm of DeMont & Breyer, LLC, where she was head of that firm’s Trademark Department.
Lisa Newfield, who chairs our Charitable Gift Planning and Exempt Organizations groups and co-chairs our Trusts & Estates group, lectured in San Francisco on Elder Law on April 20, 2012 for the American Council on Gift Annuities. See Update on Elder Law for Lisa's written presentation.
David A. Menken, a member of our Intellectual Property and Corporate & General Business groups, was featured in the April 16, 2012 issue of the Westchester County Business Journal. David's clients, who include software developers and others in the information technology field, seek his advice regarding numerous technology and web site management issues. Amongst other things, David helps client deal with rights in open source software, development of social media sites, and policies for the collection, safeguarding and dissemination of proprietary and personally identifiable information.
David A. Menken, a member of our Intellectual Property and Corporate & General Business groups, was a guest on "Wow! I Didn't Know That," a public affairs radio and internet talk show hosted by former Westchester County Executive Andy Spano. David talked about "Government & the Social Media." The show aired live on Monday, April 9, 2012, at 10 am, on Westchester's WVOX-AM/1460 and streamed on wvox1460.com.
David A. Menken, a member of our Intellectual Property and Corporate & General Business groups, has achieved certification as an Information Privacy Professional ("CIPP"), with a specialty in US privacy laws and policies, through the International Association of Privacy Professionals. The "CIPP/US" credential is earned by demonstrating a strong foundation in U.S. privacy laws and regulations and an understanding of the legal requirements for the responsible transfer of sensitive personal data to/from the United States, the European Union and other jurisdictions. David has expertise in advising businesses which collect data using traditional methods and via the Web on compliance with data security and privacy laws and policies.
Robert J Kiggins, a member of our Corporate and Taxation groups, who devotes part of his practice to representing hedge funds, was interviewed by Hedge Funds Review on "The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (Jobs) Act" that was recently signed into law by President Obama. Subject to SEC regulation, that law eliminates long-standing restrictions on advertising by hedge funds.
"This is a potential game changer," says Robert Kiggins, counsel at the law firm McCarthy Fingar. "Subject to the SEC rule-making, this means hedge funds can promote and market their products through mass media channels, from television adverts to newspapers articles and websites."
Frank W. Streng, who heads our Surrogate's Court Litigation group, continues to enjoy his "celebrity" status in purchasing the first pure electric car in Westchester County. Frank was interviewed by the Sierra Club.
David A. Menken, a member of our Intellectual Property and Corporate & General Business groups, spoke on laws relating to municipal government use of social media at the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation's Land Use Training Institute, at Pace University’s Lubin Graduate Center in White Plains on March 12, 2012. His discussion touched on the benefits of social media to local government and compliance with "open government" requirements. He also reviewed the various elements of social media policies that he recommends to his governmental clients. Many of these issues are discussed in David's outline.
Hon. Sondra M. Miller, who leads our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group and Appellate Practice groups, was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on the impact of the new divorce law. Judge Miller, who has been a long-time proponent of reforms in divorce law, discussed how the new divorce law, passed in 2010, has had unintended consequences on temporary alimony for some affluent New Yorkers. See video below for that interview. Footage provided by Wall Street Journal.
David A. Menken, a member of our Corporate & General Business and Intellectual Property groups, has been named to the Board of Governors of the World Trade Council of the Westchester County Association. The World Trade Council is the international trade arm of the Westchester County Association. Its mission is to promote and facilitate international trade for companies within Westchester County and the lower Hudson Valley. This includes helping local companies expand their international presence as well as highlighting Westchester County as a venue for international investment and partnerships.
David A. Menken, a member of our Corporate & General Business and Intellectual Property groups, participated in a panel discussion on the Application of Technology in Financial Fraud Prevention and Identity Theft and Data Protection on February 23, 2012 at the International Asian Conference of the Information Technology Law Association in Bangalore, India. David also lectured on "Government Use of Social Media." David's presentation to the ITechLaw Association can be viewed by clicking here.
Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of the firm's Collaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, lectured in Manhattan on February 15, 2012 at the New York County Lawyers' Association’s 2012 Matrimonial and Family Law Institute entitled, "Alternative Dispute Resolution and Its Impact on Matrimonial Practice.” Click at Outline to see Dolores' seminar outline.
Kathleen Donelli, who is a Collaborative lawyer and heads up our Matrimonial & Family Law group, was part of a panel discussion on February 5, 2012 entitled "Ethics and Professionalism Update 2012" in White Plains, New York at Pace University School of Law. The panel reviewed the Rules of Professional Conduct. After an overview and update, the panel used a hypothetical to examine issues including advertising, solicitation, client relations, conflicts of interest, dealing with represented and unrepresented parties, specialization, competence, prosecutorial abuse and civility.
As one of the leading law firms in the region, many of McCarthy Fingar's lawyers are leaders in the legal community, and our lawyers like to think of themselves as "progressive" lawyers. One of our lawyers, Frank W. Streng, demonstrates a powerful progressive streak in different ways, most recently, in being the first person in Westchester County to buy and use an electric car. On January 28, 2012, Frank was featured on Westchester News 12 to discuss his Nissan Leaf. See video below for that interview. Footage provided by News 12 Westchester.
Lisa Newfield, who chairs our Charitable Gift Planning and Exempt Organizations groups and co-chairs our Trusts & Estates group, was elected to the Executive Committee of the Trusts & Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and is a Vice Chair of the section's Charitable Organizations committee.
Frank W. Streng, who chairs our Surrogate’s Court Litigation group and co-chairs our Trusts & Estates group, was reelected to the Executive Committee of the Trusts & Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and Chairs the section's Continuing Legal Education committee.
Lisa Newfield, who chairs our Charitable Gift Planning and Exempt Organizations groups and co-chairs our Trusts & Estates group, lectured on Estate Planning on January 11, 2012 for the Botanical Gardens in a program entitled, "Plans to Make Today to Help Your Family Tomorrow."
Kathleen Donelli, who chairs our Matrimonial & Family Law group, was the moderator of a program on January 10, 2012 sponsored by the Matrimonial Committee of the Westchester Women's Bar Association, entitled, "Impact of the Current Economy on Matrimonial Cases: House Sales, Foreclosures and Bankruptcies."
Robert J. Kiggins and Howell Bramson, both members of our Corporate and Taxation groups, have authored the United States chapter to a book edited by Roy Saunders, of International Fiscal Services, based in London, entitled “International Tax Systems and Planning Techniques”. The book covers the tax laws of over 30 countries, including most of the European Union, portions of Asia and Eastern Europe, the United States, Brazil and Canada, and a number of offshore tax havens. The purpose of the book is to assist in the tax analysis of cross border transactions and investments.