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  • Judge Borrelli Speaks to Judges on Judicial Ethics

    April 13, 2018

    Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups, lectured on “Judicial Ethics” at a program of the New York State Unified Court System entitled “Taking the Bench – Spring, 2018” for newly-elected and recently appointed Town and Village Justices from around the state. The program was held in Albany, New York.

  • Gebhardt Re-Elected Secretary of Westchester County Bar Association

    Dolores Gebhardt, White Plains Divorce LawyerMarch 28, 2018

    Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Appellate PracticeCollaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was re-elected as Secretary of the Westchester County Bar Association (WCBA). WCBA, established on February 11, 1896, is a not-for-profit corporation with a voluntary membership of more than 2,000 lawyers. WCBA's purpose is to promote the ends of justice, cultivate jurisprudence, afford access to the courts to all who seek redress, facilitate the administration of justice, elevate the standards of integrity, honor, competence and courtesy in the legal profession, and participate with all members of society in seeking and perfecting the common good. Dolores has been active in the WCBA for many years and served as Secretary in 2017-2018.

  • Landau Elected to WCBA Board

    James K. Landau, Business Litigation LawyerMarch 28, 2018

    James K. Landau, a member of our Business Litigation and Appellate Practice groups, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Westchester County Bar Association.

  • Landau Speaks on Debt Collection Issues for NYSBA

    James K. Landau, Business Litigation LawyerMarch 20, 2018

    James K. Landau, a member of our Business Litigation and Appellate Practice groups, lectured in Mt. Kisco, New York on CPLR Article 52 Enforcement Devices as part of an all-day program entitled “Debt Collections and the Enforcement of Money Judgments” for a program sponsored by the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

  • Landau on Panel Discussing Ethics for Attorneys in Social Media

    James K. Landau, Business Litigation LawyerMarch 16, 2018

    James K. Landau, a member of our Business Litigation and Appellate Practice groups, was part of a panel discussion in Manhattan on a program entitlted "Ethics for Attorneys in Social Media" sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute.

  • Nimetz Joins Firm as Associate Attorney

    Irma K. Nimetz, White Plains Litigation AttorneyMarch 12, 2018

    We are please to announce that Irma K. Nimetz has joined the firm as an associate attorney and is a member of our Appellate PracticeBusiness LitigationMunicipal Law & Land Use and Surrogate’s Court Litigation groups.  Prior to joining McCarthy Fingar, Irma was an attorney with the New York State Attorney General’s Office, where she received the Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award for outstanding performance by an Assistant Attorney General. Irma has experience handling governmental investigations against individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations, as well as defending actions and Article 78 proceedings brought against the State of New York and its agencies.

  • Judge Borrelli Presents for Unified Court System on Ethics Issues

    February 19, 2018

    Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups, served on the faculty of the New York State Judicial Institute and New York State Unified Court System, Office of Justice Court Support sponsored Continuing Judicial Education Program at the NYS Association of Towns Annual Convention in New York City. Judge Borrelli presented on two topics: 1) 2018 Judicial Ethics Updates and 2) Ethics: Civic Participation Limitations 

  • Judge Borelli Joins Firm

    January 25, 2018

    We are please to announce that Judge Edward P. Borrelli has joined the firm as Counsel in our Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups. Judge Borrelli joins the firm following an illustrious 40 year career in the New York State Unified Court System, where he has presided over a very wide variety of proceedings, including Civil and Criminal jury trials and non-jury trials, high exposure Supreme Court Civil litigation, matrimonial, parental and grandparental child custody, visitation, child relocation, child support, domestic violence, elder law, adult guardianship and guardianship compliance enforcement proceedings.

  • Judge Borrelli Part of Panel Discussion on Rules Governing Judicial Conduct

    January 09, 2018

    Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our Trusts & EstatesMatrimonial & Family LawAppellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups, was part of a panel presentation by the New York State Judicial Institute entitled, "Rules Governing Judicial Conduct", as part of a seminar for new judges.

  • Dolores Gebhardt Receives "Pace Setter" Award

    Dolores Gebhardt, White Plains Divorce LawyerJune 02, 2016

    Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Appellate PracticeCollaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was selected as the "Pace Setter" and received this award at the annual "Above the Bar" awards on June 2, 2016. This prestigious honor is the highest award granted in the Above the Bar Awards, which are co-sponsored by the Westchester Business Journal and Citrin Cooperman. The Pace Setter Award is awarded to an attorney who exemplifies overall excellence in professional and community work and prominence in the Westchester legal profession. 

  • Gebhardt Receives NYSBA's Kay Crawford Murray Award

    Dolores Gebhardt, White Plains Divorce LawyerJanuary 25, 2016

    Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Appellate PracticeCollaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, received the Kay Crawford Murray Award. The Kay Crawford Murray Award is given by the New York State Bar Association to honor women in the profession who recognize the value of diversity in the legal profession and have dedicated their time to advancing the professional development of women attorneys.

  • Gebhardt Lectures on Appellate Practice in Manhattan

    Dolores Gebhardt, White Plains Divorce LawyerNovember 06, 2014

    Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Appellate Practice and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, lectured in Manhattan on November 6, 2014 on "Fundamental Appellate Practice" for the New York County Lawyers Association.

  • Pozin, Smith, Steinman & Georgiou Join Firm and Start up Municipal Law & Land Use Group

    Clinton B. Smith, White Plains & New York LawyerLester D. Steinman, White Plains & New York Municipal LawyerDaniel Pozin, White Plains LawyerNovember 01, 2014

    We are pleased to advise that Daniel PozinClinton B. Smith and Lester D. Steinman have joined the firm as partners and Anna L. Georgiou has joined the firm as counsel. They are all members of the firm’s newly created Municipal Law & Land Use group. See advertisement.

  • Boggio, Bramson, Brophy, Donelli, Gebhardt, Miller & Streng Selected as Super Lawyers

    Frank W. Streng, White Plains Estate Litigation LawyerGail M Boggio, White Plains Surrogate's Court & Trusts & Estates LawyerHowell Bramson, White Plains Business & Tax LawyerKathleen Donelli, White Plains Divorce LawyerDolores Gebhardt, White Plains Divorce LawyerJudge Miller, Appellate Practice & Mediation LawyerOctober 01, 2014

    Seven of our lawyers have been selected Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area. Gail M. Boggio has again been selected in the fields of Estate & Trust Litigation/Estate Planning & Probate/Elder Law. Howell Bramson has again 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 again been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Judge Sondra Miller has again been selected in the fields of Appellate/Family Law. Frank W. Streng has been selected in the fields of Estate & Trust Litigation and Estate Planning & Probate. 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.

  • Gebhardt Elected President of White Plains Bar Association

    Dolores Gebhardt, White Plains Divorce LawyerJune 08, 2014

    Dolores Gebhardt was sworn in as President of the White Plains Bar Association (WPBA) on June 18, 2014. A member of the WPBA Board of Directors since 2003, Dolores previously served as Treasurer and Secretary. Dolores joins current and former McCarthy Fingar attorneys Joel M. Aurnou, Kathleen Donelli, Joseph P. Harrington, Martin Drazen and John G. McQuaid, all of whom served as WPBA President.

  • Miller Authors Article on Prenuptial Agreements for New York Law Journal

    Judge Miller, Appellate Practice & Mediation LawyerJune 04, 2014

    Hon. Sondra M. Miller, who has a national reputation on family law issues and leads our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group and Appellate Practice group, authored an article for the New York Law Journal on Prenuptial Agreements entitled, "Come Live With Me and Be my Love...But Sign This Prenup!"

  • Aurnou is Presiding Judge at International Criminal Moot Court Competition

    March 08, 2014

    Joel Martin Aurnou, a member of our Appellate Practice group, served as a Presiding Judge at the the International Criminal Moot Court Competition at Pace Law School on March 8, 2014.

  • Aurnou Moderates Appellate Practice CLE Program & Speaks on Ethics Issues

    March 06, 2014

    Joel Martin Aurnou, a member of our Appellate Practice group, moderated a CLE program on March 6, 2014, entitled, "Appeals 2014: A Primer on Practice and Ethics" for the Appellate Practice section of the Westchester County Bar Association and lectured on ethics issues at the program.

  • Aurnou Acts as Presiding Judge at National Trial Moot Court Competition

    February 08, 2014

    Joel Martin Aurnou, a member of our Appellate Practice group, served as a Presiding Judge at the National Trial Moot Court Competition at Pace Law School on February 8, 2014.

  • Gebhardt Moderates NYSBA Program on Appellate Practice & Lectures on Motion Practice in Appeals

    Dolores Gebhardt, White Plains Divorce LawyerNovember 14, 2013

    Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Appellate Practice and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was the moderator of the bi-annual program on New York Appellate Practice on November 14, 2013 in White Plains, sponsored by the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction. Dolores also lectured at this program on Motion Practice in the Appellate Division.

  • Boggio, Bramson, Brophy, Donelli, Gebhardt & Miller Selected as Super Lawyers

    Gail M Boggio, White Plains Surrogate's Court & Trusts & Estates LawyerHowell Bramson, White Plains Business & Tax LawyerKathleen Donelli, White Plains Divorce LawyerDolores Gebhardt, White Plains Divorce LawyerJudge Miller, Appellate Practice & Mediation LawyerOctober 01, 2013

    Six of our lawyers have been selected Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area. Gail M. Boggio has been selected in the fields of Estate & Trust Litigation/Estate Planning & Probate/Elder Law. Howell Bramson has again 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 again been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Judge Sondra Miller has again been selected in the fields of Appellate/Family Law. 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.

  • Redis Authors Article for ABA on "E-Discovery"

    February 12, 2013

    Robert M. Redis, a member of our Appellate PracticeBusiness Litigation and Surrogate’s Court Litigation groups, continues his efforts for the American Bar Association's Section on Litigation, where he an editor of the newsletter, Technology for the Litigator. The most recent issue contains an article by Bob entitled, “Federal and State Guidelines Align on E-Discovery". Bob’s article describes how the Federal and State rules on preservation of Electronically Stored Information (“EIS”) are becoming aligned. Bob’s article also discusses when the duty to preserve EIS arises, how that duty is implemented and the consequences for spoliation of EIS evidence.

  • Judge Miller Receives Kay Crawford Murray Award

    Judge Miller, Appellate Practice & Mediation LawyerJanuary 22, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that Judge Sondra M. Miller, who leads our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group and Appellate Practice group, received the Kay Crawford Murray Award on January 22, 2013. The award is given by the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Women in the Law to celebrate "an individual who, in the spirit of Ms. Murray, recognizes the value of diversity in the legal profession and has committed to advancing the professional development of women attorneys."

  • Aurnou Lectures on Avoiding Pitfalls on Appeals

    November 27, 2012

    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.

  • Redis Contributes to Summary of Decisions of Judges of Commercial Division of NYS Supreme Court

    November 01, 2012

    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.

  • Bramson, Brophy, Donelli, Gebhardt & Miller Selected as Super Lawyers

    Howell Bramson, White Plains Business & Tax LawyerKathleen Donelli, White Plains Divorce LawyerDolores Gebhardt, White Plains Divorce LawyerJudge Miller, Appellate Practice & Mediation LawyerOctober 01, 2012

    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.

  • Judge Miller Co-Chairs Judicial Seminar on Social Media & Criminal & Family Law Cases

    Judge Miller, Appellate Practice & Mediation LawyerAugust 08, 2012

    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.

  • Gebhardt Elected Treasurer of White Plains Bar Association

    Dolores Gebhardt, White Plains Divorce LawyerJune 20, 2012

    Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Collaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was elected Treasurer of the White Plains Bar Association.

  • Judge Miller is Recipient of 2011 Judge Learned Hand Award

    Judge Miller, Appellate Practice & Mediation LawyerDecember 01, 2011

    On December 1, 2011 Hon. Sondra M. Miller was the recipient of the 2011 Judge Learned Hand Award by the Westchester Region of the American Jewish Committee (AJC). This was the first time that the Judge Learned Hand Award was presented by AJC's Westchester Region. The award ceremony took place at Chappaqua Crossing (the former Reader’s Digest site), in Chappaqua, New York. AJC is the oldest and most respected human relations organization in the United States. AJC builds bridges, advances security, promotes human rights, supports Israel and strengthens Jewish life. For over fifty years, AJC has taken great pride in publicly acknowledging the accomplishments of outstanding members of the legal community who excel in their field and give generously of themselves to the larger community.

  • Gebhardt is Moderator of New York State Bar Association CLE program & Lectures on Matrimonial Appeals

    Dolores Gebhardt, White Plains Divorce LawyerNovember 18, 2011

    Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Appellate Practice and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was the moderator of the bi-annual Continuing Legal Education program on Appellate Practice sponsored by the New York State Bar Association's New York State Bar Association's Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction. Dolores also lectured at this program on "Special Considerations in Matrimonial Appeals". Click at Outline to see Dolores' written presentation for this program.

  • Gebhardt Elected Secretary of White Plains Bar Association

    Dolores Gebhardt, White Plains Divorce LawyerJune 15, 2011

    Dolores Gebhardt was elected secretary of the White Plains Bar Association on June 15, 2011.

  • Gebhardt Discusses Her Term as President of Westchester Women's Bar Association

    June 15, 2011

    In finishing her one year term as President of the Westchester Women's Bar Association, Dolores Gebhardt spoke at the annual dinner on June 15, 2011 about WWBA's accomplishments during her term. She also had this to say about her original goal to increase the number of men in WWBA: "One of the goals of my presidency was to increase the involvement of men in the WWBA. Despite the difficult economic climate, our membership was similar to last year’s. In fact, as of this writing, we had over 600 members, and kept our ten delegates to WBASNY. Better yet, nearly 70 members are men . . . more than last year!"

  • Boggio, Donelli & Gebhardt Elected Directors of Women's Bar Association of State of New York

    Gail M Boggio, White Plains Surrogate's Court & Trusts & Estates LawyerKathleen Donelli, White Plains Divorce LawyerDolores Gebhardt, White Plains Divorce LawyerJune 15, 2011

    Gail M. Boggio, Kathleen Donelli and Dolores Gebhardt were elected and then sworn in as directors of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York.

  • Judge Miller Receives the "Above the Bar" Award & Selected as "Pace Setter"

    Judge Miller, Appellate Practice & Mediation LawyerApril 28, 2011

    Hon. Sondra M. Miller was selected as the "Pace Setter" and received the "Above the Bar" award on April 28, 2011 in White Plains, New York.

  • Landrigan Joins Board of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

    April 28, 2011

    Phillip C. Landrigan has been elected to the Board of Directors of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley.

  • Aurnou Elected Co-Chair of Appellate Practice Section of Westchester County Bar Association

    February 01, 2011

    Joel Martin Aurnou has been elected Co-Chair of the Appellate Practice section of the Westchester County Bar Association.

  • Judge Miller Speaks at Induction Ceremony of Justice Linda J. Christopher

    Judge Miller, Appellate Practice & Mediation LawyerJanuary 19, 2011

    Hon. Sondra M. Miller spoke at the Rockland County Courthouse in New City at the induction ceremony of newly elected Justice Linda J. Christopher.

  • Korotkova Joins Firm as Associate

    December 01, 2010

    Elizaveta Korotkova has joined the firm as an associate and is a member of our Appellate Practice, Business Litigation and Surrogate’s Court Litigation groups.

  • Brophy & Donelli Selected as Super Lawyers

    Kathleen Donelli, White Plains Divorce LawyerOctober 27, 2010

    This year for the first time, two of our partners have been selected Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area. Kathleen Donelli has been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Joe Brophy has been selected for the fourth straight year in the field of Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice. 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. Super Lawyers has a rigorous selection process; only five percent of all lawyers in each state are eligible for consideration, and far fewer are selected.

  • Aversano Elected a Delegate to Women's Bar Association of the State of New York

    June 18, 2009

    Dina M. Aversano was elected by the Westchester Women's Bar Association to be a delegate to the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York.

  • Aurnou Guest Speaker at White Plains Bar Association's Annual Banquet

    May 13, 2009

    Joel Martin Aurnou was the guest speaker at the annual banquet of the White Plains Bar Association on May 13, 2009 in White Plains, New York.

  • Judge Miller Interviewed by New York Law Journal on "No Fault" Divorce

    Judge Miller, Appellate Practice & Mediation LawyerJune 17, 2008

    Hon. Sondra M. Miller was interviewed by the New York Law Journal as a spokesperson for various state and local bar groups who lobbied Albany legislators for an amendment of divorce law to permit "no fault" divorce. Judge Miller, who is also the Director of the Office of Family Services for the Office of Court Administration, organized the event in Albany, to remind legislators of the need to change the divorce laws and to highlight the near-unanimous support that the no-fault option has among bar groups. In her interview, Judge Miller also spoke of the difficulties the no-fault option faced in the current legislative session, since no-fault divorce is just one of a myriad of items vying for attention. In the interview, Judge Miller said: "They are not focused on this issue. And we, as a group, are at a disadvantage because we are not lobbyists."

  • Aversano Joins Firm as Associate

    September 01, 2007

    Dina M. Aversano has joined the firm as an associate and is a member of our Business Litigation, Surrogate’s Court Litigation and Matrimonial and Family Law groups.

  • Judge Miller Joins Board of Legal Services of Hudson Valley

    Judge Miller, Appellate Practice & Mediation LawyerApril 02, 2007

    Hon. Sondra M. Miller has joined the Board of Directors of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley.

  • Miller Interviewed on Recommendations of Matrimonial Commission

    Judge Miller, Appellate Practice & Mediation LawyerApril 01, 2007

    Hon. Sondra M. Miller  In the aftermath of the recent bribery conviction of former state Supreme Court Justice Gerald P. Garson, there has been substantial media coverage of the manner in which matrimonial and family law cases are litigated in the court system. Judge Miller, who headed the Matrimonial Commission formed by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, was interviewed by The Institute for Judicial Studies for both her observations on the case and efforts to implement the recommendations of the Matrimonial Commission. For excerpts of that interview, click at Interview. Click at Report to see the recommendations of the Matrimonial Commission.

  • Landrigan Joins Firm and Business Litigation Group

    March 01, 2006

    We are pleased to announce that Philip C. Landrigan has joined the Firm as Counsel. Phil is a member of the Firm's Business Litigation group.

  • Judge Sondra Miller Joins Firm and Leads the Firm's Appellate and Mediation and Arbitration Practice Groups

    Judge Miller, Appellate Practice & Mediation LawyerJanuary 01, 2006

    We are pleased to announce that Judge Sondra M. Miller, retired from the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, as of January 1, 2006, has joined our Firm as Chief Counsel. Judge Miller is a member of the Firm's Business Litigation and Matrimonial & Family Law groups and will lead the Firm's appellate practice.

  • Redis Lectures on Cameras in the Courtroom

    September 16, 2005

    Robert M. Redis lectured in White Plains, New York on September 16, 2005 on “The Freedom Of Information: Cameras In The Courtroom” for Lorman Education Services as part of a seminar entitled "Open Records Law."

  • Joel Aurnou Joins Firm as Counsel

    January 01, 2003

    Joel Martin Aurnou has joined the firm as Counsel.